The first 2 phases of the Functional Analysis Review that was carried out by the Office of the Public Service  Commission  is  now  complete  and  the reports   have   been   approved   by   Cabinet   for implementation.

The purpose of the review was to improve the ‘machinery of government’ and its performance through redefining its priorities and reviewing its functions.

There were 20 Offices included as part of the review, all under the jurisdiction and performance management  of  the  Public  Service  Commission except for two Constitutional Authorities (Offices of the Attorney General and Auditor General) which became independent during the Review.

The  Functional Analysis does  not  include  other agencies under the whole Public Sector (like State Owned Enterprises) however the increasing growth of the Public Sector since the 2003 Realignment is an alarming concern as it does have a tremendous impact on the economy, and this is something government is not taking lightly.

To date, 54 Government agencies employ more than 9000 public servants within 14 Ministries, 4 Statutory Bodies, 6 Constitutional Authorities, 27 State  Owned  Enterprises,  and 3  Others  which includes the Ministry of Police, Samoa Prisons and Corrections  Service,  and  the  Samoa  Fire  and Emergency Services.

The   core   functions   legally   mandated   for government  to  undertake  were  extracted  from Samoa’s Constitution and its key legislation. There were 156 separate functions identified and were  grouped  into  five (5)  main  categories  or groupings, listed below:

  1. Policy Function
  2. Coordination, Supervision, Oversight and Monitoring Function;
  3. Regulatory Function;
  4. Service Delivery Function; and
  5. Support Function.

The purpose of grouping of functions in the above categories   was   to   eliminate   duplication   and overlaps, improve efficiencies and to determine the most appropriate organizational structure in which functions could be performed at an optimum level. The    third    phase,    which    will    see    the recommendations   on   organizational   structures from  the  first 2  phases  being  implemented,  is planned for the next financial year.