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Facilities Management Unit upgraded to a full-fledged department

Facilities Management Unit upgraded to a full-fledged department

The Facilities Management Unit has now been upgraded to a full-fledged department, as Government moves towards its vision to transform the Public Service.

According to a Government press release issued on May 9, 2023, Minister for Communication and Works, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) has indicated that Cabinet has accepted the Ministry’s 2018 Re-organisation Plan, as part of the Public Service Transformation Plan, in keeping with the Government’s objective to stream-line services to drive efficiency and effectiveness, with focus on service delivery to customers.

Hon Rymer said the objective of the upgrade included but was not limited to the development, implementation and increased accountability for the operational processing of building and vehicle maintenance; implement, preventative maintenance practices, exceeding the expected life cycles of the government facilities; enhance maintenance management processes; review custodial services; as well as re-organise security and custodial work to ensure adequate coverage and productivity.

The Department of Facilities Management is mandated to build and maintain a safe, secure and clean working environment for the occupants and visitors of government-owned and leased properties, along with establishing and enforcing safety guidelines and procedures in compliance with building and safety legislations.

Role of Department of Facilities Management

Additionally, Director of the Department of Facilities Management, Mr Arriel Donovan was quoted as saying that the destruction sustained to the Administration Complex due to hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, led to the relocation of ministries and departments, hence expanding the role of the unit.

Mr Donovan noted that the department maintains and secures most Government owned and leased properties, along with additional responsibilities which include Government’s vehicle fleet management; the Courier and Chauffeur service, as well as the City Park and Ride Shuttle Service.

The Department of Facilities Management is mandated to build and maintain a safe, secure and clean working environment for the occupants and visitors of government-owned and leased properties, along with establishing and enforcing safety guidelines and procedures in compliance with building and safety legislations.

It was established in 1994 with the aim of managing the upkeep and security of the Central Administration Complex, which was later renamed the Ralph T. O’Neal Administration Complex.

Director of the Department of Facilities Management Mr Arriel Donovan has been recognised for his role in the growth and development of the Department of Facilities Management.


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