The Fourth Branch sits with Evelyn Adolph, Project Manager for the FSM Tax Reform Project


Evelyn Adolphby: Universe Yamase

The history of the tax reform dates back to 2005 where through "wide-ranging research" by the TRTF (Tax Reform Task Force), proposals for reform were given. The suggestions by the TRTF were approved later that year by the FSM Economic Policy Implementation Council (EPIC), the FSM Congress and the FSM President.

What is a Tax Reform? A modification of the ways taxes are managed or collected.

Why have a tax reform for the FSM? Mainly, to respond to changes in foreign aid funds due to the reduction of monetary assistance in the second compact.

Other features of the Tax Reform are listed in detail as a .pdf (see bottom of article). 

Provided below is a submitted biography of Evelyn Adolph, the manager for the aforementioned project.


Evelyn Adolph was born in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia on June 2, 1974. She graduated from Xavier High School in Chuuk in April 1992 and went on to study at Chaminade University of Honolulu where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in May 1996. She returned immediately to her home island of Pohnpei and took up employment with the FSM National Government. She worked briefly at the FSM Congress as an economic analyst and then moved to work as an economist with the Economic Management Policy Advisor Team (EMPAT).

Between May 1998 and December 1999 Ms. Adolph lived in New York City where she studied economic policy management at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University where received her Masters Degree in Economic Policy Management in December 1999. She returned to the FSM and resumed employment with the FSM National Government as an economist at the Department of Economic Affairs.

Between August 2003 and October 2005, Ms. Adolph worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as an advisor to the Executive Director for Australia. Since October 2005 Ms. Adolph has been working in the FSM National Government first in the Compact Management Office and currently as Project Manager for the FSM wide Tax Reform Project.

Ms. Adolph is the mother of four children.


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