One Service, an Engaged Community for a Better Living Environment
Enhance the delivery of Municipal Services and Infrastructure
Enhance the Citizen-Centric and Continuous Improvement Mindset across Partner Agencies
Promote Community Partnership and Civic Responsibility
The Municipal Services Office (MSO) was set up on 1 October 2014 to improve the Government's overall coordination and delivery of municipal services.
Ms Ann Sim, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Communications and Information, oversees the MSO.
The MSO is part of the Government's on-going efforts to improve the delivery of municipal services by various public agencies in Singapore. Municipal services are services that pertain to the upkeep and improvement of the living environment for residents and the general public. These include managing the cleanliness of public areas, maintenance of greenery and local infrastructure such as roads and footpaths.
The MSO works with its partners - public agencies and Town Councils (TCs) - to improve feedback management and service delivery for these municipal services. The MSO continuously reviews and fine-tunes work processes to better manage and address public feedback on municipal issues, so that the cases can be resolved quickly and effectively. In particular, the MSO takes the lead to coordinate with public agencies and TCs to develop systemic solutions to resolve complex issues which cut across different public agencies and TCs so as to better serve residents and the general public.
The MSO also supports the transformation of the municipal services sector to better leverage technology, build capabilities, and inculcate a OneService culture among its partners. The MSO also engages the community to facilitate ground-up initiatives and promote stronger civic responsibility to build a better living environment for all.
The MSO has two divisions - Planning, Operations & Digital Division and Service Quality & Community Engagement Division.
Planning, Operations & Digital (POD) Division helps prepare the municipal sector for the future with horizon scanning and predictive analytics capabilities, and future-oriented transformation thrusts such as integrated municipal operations and OneService digitalisation work. The MSO's flagship OneService mobile application is a one-stop “all things neighbourhood" community platform for residents to provide feedback on municipal issues, find out more about their neighbourhood, and access Government and Town Council e-services. Their aim is to improve service delivery to residents, minimise local-level inconveniences, and prepare the sector to do more and better, despite future challenges.
Service Quality & Community Engagement (SQCE) Division comprises two teams: the i) Service Quality team; and the ii) Engagement & Outreach team.
The Service Quality team looks into 5 key areas of Feedback Management, Ops Coordination and Delivery, Capability Development, Performance Management as well as Case Management, by working closely with MSO's 10 partner agencies and 17 Town Councils (TCs) to improve municipal services delivery. Key initiatives include the Municipal Reference Guide (MRG), Digital channel migration efforts and OS App user experience which facilitate Feedback Management; key frameworks and protocols for complex municipal issues; and Capability Development programmes and initiatives for agencies and TCs.
The Engagement & Outreach team promotes community partnership and civic responsibility by working with government agencies, Town Councils, and the community to:
- Promote the use of the OneService App,
- Educate the public on responsible social behaviour,
- Engage youths and the community to take ownership of their living environment by developing ground-up ideas to address municipal issues, and
- Recognise outstanding government agencies, Town Councils, and community partners through the annual Municipal Services Awards (MSA), as part of the OneService Recognition Framework.