Oversight Board Holds Public Hearing on The Department of Public Safety’s Fiscal Plan Implementation
Oversight Board to Ensure That Priorities to Deliver More Effective Public Services Are Implemented
San Juan, PR – March 25, 2019 – The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico will hold a public hearing with the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety (DPS) on the implementation of the certified Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico. This will be the first in a series of public hearings about the implementation of the certified Fiscal Plan.
The DPS hearing will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. AST at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan.
The Certified Fiscal Plan right-sizes government to account for the population decline in Puerto Rico and establishes the fiscal responsibility required for a stable and prosperous Commonwealth. Steps outlined in the certified Fiscal Plan include the consolidation of government administration as well as procurement savings, so the government can deliver more effective public services. Implementation plans lay out milestones and key performance indicators to improve the reliability and delivery of government services.
The DPS is required to provide an annual implementation plan for each of its seven bureaus but has so far only submitted one: that of the Police Bureau.
“Public safety matters tremendously to the quality of life of the people of Puerto Rico, their families and children,” said Natalie Jaresko, the Oversight Board’s Executive Director. “The implementation plans are an important tool to ensure transparency about the progress made towards delivering those changes,” Ms. Jaresko said.
The DPS is comprised of Police, Firefighters, Special Investigations, Forensics Sciences, the Medical Emergency Corps, the State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management, and 911. Officials from the Police, Firefighters and Forensics Sciences bureaus will be presenting.
The hearing is open to the public and requires pre-registration by Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. It will stream live via the Oversight Board’s website in English and Spanish. The recorded meeting will be posted on the website as soon as possible following the meeting.
The agenda, pre-registration form, and the required security and attendance protocol is available at the Oversight Board’s website at https://oversightboard.pr.gov/
Public hearings on public education, economic development and other matters will follow.