About the Department

Part of: About the Executive Office

The overall aim of the Executive Office, previously the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) is to contribute to and oversee the co-ordination of Executive policies and programmes to deliver a peaceful, fair, equal and prosperous society.

Key Executive Office objectives

In pursuing this aim, the key interlinked objectives of the Department are:

  • Driving investment and sustainable development: Through regeneration of strategic former military sites; promoting effective long-term capital planning and delivery; and, promoting the Executive’s policy interests internationally
  • Tackling Disadvantage and Promoting Equality of Opportunity: By driving a programme across Government to reduce poverty; promoting and protecting the interests of children, older people, people with disabilities, victims and survivors, and other socially excluded groups; addressing inequality and disadvantage; and, drive the delivery of Government responsibilities in a sustainable manner
  • The effective operation of the institutions of government in the delivery of an agreed Programme for Government: By providing a central source of information, co-ordination and advice to departments on Executive, Assembly, and legislative procedures; co-ordinating and reviewing the Programme for Government; driving the more efficient and sustainable use of capital assets across Government; and, ensuring the structure of public administration is efficient, effective and sustainable

Management structure

The First Minister and deputy First Minister, supported by the Junior Ministers, have overall political responsibility and accountablility for all the Department's activities. They set the strategic policy and resources framework for the department. Ministers section.

The Permanent Secretary for the Department and interim Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service is David Sterling. Dr Mark Browne is the Accounting Officer for the Department.

The Executive Office is managed by the Departmental Board.

David Sterling also meets regularly with the Permanent Secretaries Group (PSG)

Organisation chart

OFMDFM Business Plan

The OFMDFM Business Plan 2013/14 can be downloaded below:

Further information about the Department can be found in the Annual reports and Accounts.

The consultation process in the Executive Office

We recognise the importance of proper consultation and in carrying out our equality duties consults in a timely, open and inclusive way and in accordance with the Equality Commissions guiding principles.

We continue to monitor each of our policies to ensure that as each policy is revised it promotes greater equality of opportunity. The Executive Office needs your views through the consultation process. To view current and previous consulatations please access the consultation section of the website via the link below:

Useful links

Here are some useful links, guidance and sources of information on consultation.

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