POSTED: 7:18 p.m. HST, Jul 5, 2012
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa >> All FBI operations in American Samoa are being consolidated into the Honolulu office.
The FBI announced Wednesday the decision to close the office in the U.S. territory was made by the U.S. Congress, citing budgetary reasons.
The Honolulu division already conducts investigations for several Pacific islands including Tinian, Rota, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai, where no permanent FBI office exists.
The FBI’s American Samoa office opened in 2006. The office will be phased out over the next few months as equipment and supplies are moved to Honolulu.
Rumors about the closure surfaced in the territory early last month, when there were no more FBI agents manning the local office.