The PMO Family

Prime Minister's Office

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) comprises essentially a HQ and agencies which deal with subjects that come under the responsibility of the Prime Minister.

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Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) is an independent body which investigates and aims to prevent corruption in the public and private sectors in Singapore. Established in 1952, it derives its powers of investigation from the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 241). The bureau is headed by a director who is directly responsible to the Prime Minister.

The bureau is responsible for safeguarding the integrity of the public service and encouraging corruption-free transactions in the private sector. It is also charged with the responsibility of checking on malpractices by public officers and reporting such cases to the appropriate government departments and public bodies for disciplinary action. Although the primary function of the bureau is to investigate corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act, it is empowered to investigate any other seizable offence under any written law which is disclosed in the course of a corruption investigation.

Besides bringing corruption offenders to book, the bureau carries out corruption prevention by reviewing the work methods and procedures of corruption-prone departments and public bodies to identify administrative weaknesses in the existing systems which could facilitate corruption and malpractices, and recommends remedial and prevention measures to the heads of the departments concerned. Also in this regard, officers of the bureau regularly conduct lectures and seminars to educate the public officers, especially those who come into contact with the public, on the pitfalls of and the avoidance or corruption.

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Elections Department

The Elections Department (ELD) is responsible for planning and preparing for, and managing the conduct of presidential and parliamentary elections and of any national referendum in Singapore. The department has under its purview the Registry of Political Donations, which administers the Political Donations Act (PDA). The objective of the PDA is to prevent foreign interference in the domestic politics of Singapore through funding.

ELD's work extends beyond the period of elections. Between elections, ELD must prepare and maintain readiness of the public service for the conduct of any elections. Its functions include:

  • Training of election officials
  • Maintaining and updating the registers of electors
  • Planning for election manpower, premises, logistical and other related requirements for the conduct of elections
  • Informing the public about the electoral system and voting processes
  • Ensuring all electors have access to the electoral system and voting processes
  • Administering the Political Donations Act and campaign spending rules

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National Research Foundation

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is tasked to coordinate the research of different agencies within the larger national framework in order to provide a coherent strategic overview and direction. It will develop policies and plans to implement the five strategic thrusts for the national R&D agenda and to implement national research, innovation and enterprise strategies approved by the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), and to allocate funding to programmes that meet the NRF strategic objectives.

The NRF is headed by a Chief Executive Officer and a Chief Operating Officer whereby both report to the Permanent Secretary (National Research and Development).The NRF has a Board to oversee its activities and it is accountable directly to the Prime Minister.

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National Security Coodination Secretariat

The National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS) is an important central hub located within the Prime Minister's Office, tasked with national security planning and the coordination of policy and intelligence issues. Permanent Secretary (National Security and Intelligence Coordination) is the head of NSCS. He reports directly to the Prime Minister, through the Coordinating Minister for National Security.

The National Security Coordination Secretariat consists of the National Security Coordination Centre (NSCC) and the Joint Counter Terrorism Centre (JCTC).

The NSCC comprises separate groups to undertake policy, planning and risk assessment and horizon scanning responsibilities.

The JCTC provides assessments on terrorist threats to facilitate policy-making and counter-terrorism efforts.

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Public Service Division

The Public Service Division (PSD) sets policy directions for shaping the Public Service through public sector leadership development and implementing progressive and effective Human Resource and Development policies. We award and administer scholarships to attract and groom leaders, and provide training for an all rounded development of public officers. Through the Public Service for the 21st Century (PS21) initiatives, we promote quality service, productivity and innovation among public officers so as to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness. We aim to build a first class public service for a successful and vibrant Singapore.

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Civil Service College

Civil Service College (CSC) plays a unique role in developing strategic and leadership capacity for the Singapore Public Service. It is a Statutory Board under the Public Service Division (PSD), Prime Minister’s Office.

CSC partners the Public Service Division and other government agencies to deliver practitioner-focused programmes which build core public sector competencies. Our vision reinforces our identity as a key central agency and speaks of our role to serve as a catalyst for thought leadership in the business of government.

We aim to build leadership and skills, nurture shared ethos and perspectives that are in sync with the emerging developments and trends. We seek to enhance the capacity of Public Service officers by exploring new opportunities for development. CSC continues to forge a tightly-knit partnership with Ministries and other agencies as part of a networked government.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) was established on 1 January 1971 by the enactment of the MAS Act. MAS’ mission is to promote sustained and non-inflationary growth of the economy as well as foster a sound and progressive financial services sector. As Singapore's central bank, MAS carries out a full range of central banking functions, including the issuance of currency following its merger with the Board of Commissioners of Currency (BCCS) on 1 October 2002. It also supervises the banking, securities, futures and insurance industries and is responsible for the development and promotion of Singapore as an international financial centre.

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