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Puerto Rico fiscal board to hold hearing Thursday on Public Safety Dept.’s fiscal plan

By on March 25, 2019

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To ‘ensure that priorities to deliver more effective public services are implemented,’ panel says

SAN JUAN – 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.

The hearing Thursday, March 28, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan will be the first over the implementation of the fiscal plan, with others on “public education, economic development and other matters” to follow, the board said Monday.

In its release, the board said the 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,” explaining that the steps it outlines “include the consolidation of government administration as well as procurement savings, so the government can deliver more effective public services.”

The board also pointed out that although the department is required to provide an annual implementation plan for each of its seven bureaus, it has only submitted the Police Bureau’s plan.

Officials from the Police, Firefighters and Forensics Sciences bureaus will be presenting at the hearing on the Public Safety Department, which also comprises Special Investigations, the Medical Emergency Corps, the State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management, and the 911 emergency system.

“Public safety matters tremendously to the quality of life of the people of Puerto Rico, their families and children,” said Natalie Jaresko, the board’s executive director. “The implementation plans are an important tool to ensure transparency about the progress made towards delivering those changes.”

The hearing requires pre-registration by Wednesday, March 27, at 5 p.m. The form is available here.

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