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Government Administration

The Government Administration Sector comprises the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Ministry of Law (MinLaw), the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Organs of State. This sector accounts for $1.42 billion or 3.8% of government expenditure in FY2008.

The Government Administration Sector aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Rule of Law
  • Dynamic, Forward-Looking and Effective Public Service Leadership
  • Effective and Efficient Use of Resources
  • Customer-Centric Government
  • Integrated Government

Rule of Law

The Government will maintain a strong legal system that is effective, impartial and efficient, and ensure access to justice for all.

  • MinLaw and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) will review and update the law to ensure that it supports our social objectives and economic progress, and meets the needs of Singapore and Singaporeans.
  • The Legal Aid Bureau will provide quality legal advice, assistance and aid on civil matters to persons of limited means.
  • The Courts will process, manage and deliver just decisions according to the law in civil and criminal cases and applications.

Dynamic, Forward-Looking and Effective Public Service Leadership

The Government will build a strong and adaptable public sector leadership to create a better future for Singapore.

  • The Public Service Division (PSD) will develop leadership and training programmes, and train public service officers to nurture a forward-looking public service.
  • In addition, PSD administers scholarships to attract and groom leaders for the Public Service and helps scholars better understand the fundamentals underpinning the economy and society of Singapore.

Effective and Efficient Use of Resources

The Government will ensure that resources are deployed to achieve the best value.

  • MOF will ensure that the Government’s fiscal position is sustainable over the medium and long term, and that our reserves are optimally managed to balance Singapore’s present and future financial needs.
  • MOF will also continue to work with agencies to identify areas for creating economic value in the public sector under the Economy Drive.
  • The Value-For-Money (VFM) Review Office in the Accountant-General’s Department will conduct VFM reviews for the whole of government, and ascertain whether the various programmes are achieving their objectives in the most cost-efficient manner.
  • MinLaw and the Singapore Land Authority will ensure that State land and buildings are properly managed to meet Singapore’s economic and social needs.

Customer-Centric Government

The Government will develop a public sector that is customer focused and which provides quality service which is courteous, accessible, responsive and effective (CARE).

  • The Unique Entity Number (UEN), an initiative under the iGov2010 masterplan, is conceived to work for entities such as businesses and societies in the same way that the NRIC works for individuals in Singapore. Entities with a UEN only need to remember and use a common number to identify themselves when interacting with the Government. This will make their interactions with the Government simpler and easier.
  • The Cut Waste Panel, an initiative under the Economy Drive, will continue to take in public feedback and suggestions to adopt more efficient practices and/or methods in delivering public services.

Integrated Government

The Government will build an integrated public sector, where public agencies collaborate across boundaries to enhance performance and deliver better value.

  • The Standard Operating Information Communications Technology (ICT) Environment, or SOE, an initiative under the iGov2010 masterplan, will standardise the desktop, messaging and network environment of public sector agencies. This will reduce the time and costs required to implement and deploy new service-wide ICT services and systems.
  • The National Population Secretariat will plan, guide and co-ordinate whole-of-government population-related policies and programmes to engage overseas Singaporeans, encourage the naturalisation and integration of suitable immigrants, and promote marriage and parenthood in Singapore.
  • The National Research Foundation will set the national direction for research and development (R&D) by developing policies, plans and strategies for research, innovation and enterprise, and coordinate the research agendas of different agencies to transform Singapore into a knowledge-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy.
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