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Media Statement: Central Agencies to Share Corporate Services

6 Dec 2011

The chief executives of the three Central Agencies today announced the creation of a shared services business unit for their corporate functions.

The Central Agencies Shared Services (CASS) business unit will merge the Human Resources, Information Technology, Information Management and Finance functions of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the State Services Commission and the Treasury.

The initiative aims to reduce duplication within the agencies while allowing for better resilience across specialist roles, strengthened performance, and some efficiency improvements.

Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf, speaking also for Maarten Wevers of the DPMC and State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie, said the Central Agencies had a unique role to play in demonstrating leadership in the public sector by establishing a joint path towards building resilience and excellence that it could benefit from.

"The CASS project is a response to the Government's challenge to the public sector to develop new ways of doing business while maintaining and improving the level and quality of services provided.

"It also recognises the need to manage within declining baselines, and maintain and invest in the corporate services necessary to ensure long-term organisational health."

The CASS unit will be located in the Treasury and will be operational from 7 March 2012.

Media contact:

Serene Ambler | Senior Communications Advisor
Tel: +64 4 917 6163
Email: serene.ambler@treasury.govt.nz
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