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Province Asks For Advice to Centralize Financial, Administrative Offices

May 10, 2018 10:59 AM | News

Cameron Friesen

Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen speaks to media on March 12, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

The provincial government has issued a request for proposals (RFP) in the hopes of finding an external expert to help centralize “common financial and administrative functions across government departments and divisions.”

“In our review of the structure of government, we’ve seen there is significant overlap and duplication when it comes to back office functions,” said Finance Minister Cameron Friesen Thursday.

“We want to retool service delivery models to improve the efficiency of financial and administrative functions in order to strengthen service delivery while reducing duplication and excess spending.

“This initiative is about finding back-office efficiencies in order to free up resources to invest in strengthening front-line services for Manitobans.”

The consultant would target 26 provincial departments and operating agencies.

“Since day one we made a promise to Manitobans to ensure they receive the best possible value for their tax dollars,” said Friesen.  “As we explore opportunities to implement a more sustainable operating model within government, we will make evidence-based decisions that promote innovation and smart spending every step of the way.”

The RFP is posted on Merx, a government tendering website, and must be submitted by May 31.