About Prime Minister's Office



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.

Cyber Security Agency (CSA)

The Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore will provide dedicated and centralised oversight of Singapore’s efforts in cyber security. The roles of the agency include engaging and working in partnership with the private sector, education and outreach, and strengthening cyber security for the nation’s critical services. It will develop a national cyber security strategy and implementation plans to build up capabilities against cyber threats. In addition, the CSA will perform crisis management and provide incident assistance to businesses and individuals through SingCERT. The Minister for Communications and Information is the Minister-in-charge of cyber security.

Elections Department (ELD)

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

National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS)

The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) is a dedicated agency set up to coordinate Singapore's climate change-related policies. Headed by the Permanent Secretary (National Climate Change), the NCCS is the central coordinating and planning body that will build and sustain Singapore's institutional knowledge of climate change issues, prepare and ready Singapore for climate change challenges, as well as ensure our compliance with international agreements. The NCCS coordinates the work of various government agencies involved in climate change and provides secretariat support to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (IMCCC), chaired by Deputy Prime Minister, Co-ordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean.

National Population and Talent Division (NPTD)

The National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) is a ministry-level department in the Prime Minister's Office. The agency strives to achieve a sustainable, connected and integrated population for Singapore. To do this, the NPTD drives the coordination and implementation of population and talent policies across Government agencies. These include policies in the areas of population augmentation, supporting marriage and parenthood, talent attraction and retention, immigration and naturalisation, integration of newcomers, and engaging overseas Singaporeans. Deputy Prime Minister, and Coordinating Minister for National Security, and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean is the Minister in charge of NPTD.

National Research Foundation (NRF)

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.

National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS)

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 National Security Research Centre (NSRC). The NSCC strengthens coordination and collaboration across Government, by leading and facilitating programmes that support our nation's security, resilience and preparedness against strategic threats. The NSRC's mission is to provide strategic and futures analysis of terrorism and other national security issues in support of strategic planning, policy formulation and capability development.

Public Service Division (PSD)

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. It awards and administers 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, it promotes quality service, productivity and innovation among public officers so as to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness. The PSD aims to build a first class public service for a successful and vibrant Singapore.

Smart Nation Programme Office (SNPO)

Smart Nation Programme Office

The key objectives of the Smart Nation Programme are to enhance quality of life, create more opportunities and build stronger community bonds, through the effective development, deployment and use of technology and networks. The Smart Nation Programme Office (SNPO)’s role is to take in perspectives and ideas from different sources, and integrate them to develop a whole-of-government, whole-of-nation approach to building a Smart Nation. To achieve the Smart Nation objectives, the Office will drive collaboration with and engagement of citizens and industry, oversee the development of cross-cutting Smart Nation enablers and coordinate the Smart Nation initiatives of the various agencies within Government.

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

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.

Civil Service College (CSC)

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

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