US government sending advisory team to help Puerto Rico cope with 7-year-long recession

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. is sending a team of federal officials to help Puerto Rico manage an economic crisis as the island braces for its eighth year of recession.

A U.S. administration official said Wednesday that the team will be composed of officials from the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.

They will travel to Puerto Rico starting in December to work with the island’s government on how to best maximize federal funds in those areas to help boost its economy. The officials will work in an advisory capacity and no additional federal funds are planned beyond current allocations.

The team was created by a presidential task force that previously worked with Puerto Rico on political status issues.