Bryan-Roach administration completes stimulus distribution
During the Government House weekly press briefing on Monday, United States Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. announced that the Bryan-Roach Administration has completed the distribution of American Rescue Plan stimulus checks with the mailing of 4,985 checks totaling $6,993,910, most of which went to Social Security beneficiaries.
To date, the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Department of Finance successfully executed three large federal programs each with different sets of rules and guidelines by paying out more than $226 million in COVID-19 pandemic relief to US Virgin Islands residents in less than a year.
Residents who have not received the most recent stimulus payment by the end of this week and have reason to believe they are eligible for one, should follow up with the Bureau of Internal Revenue Bureau by visiting either of their offices in Sunny Isle on St. Croix or in Red Hook on St. Thomas, or by contacting the BIR hotline number at 340-719-9325.
Governor Bryan also announced the start of the Department of Labor’s “Skills-for-Today” program, which is part of the Bryan-Roach Administration’s initiatives dedicated to putting Virgin Islanders to work.
Skills-for-Today is a $9 million workforce development program that will support the training of more than 600 individuals
- 400 in construction trades, including masonry, electrical, plumbing and carpentry
- 75 in administrative services, including projects management and grants management
- 165 in on-the-job training in other industries, including hospitality, health care, marine, IT and cybersecurity
The “Skills-for-Today” program is being managed by the Virgin Islands Department of Labor and ICF Incorporated LLC.