President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has ordered the abolition of the Department of Finance's One-Stop-Shop Inter-Agency Tax Credit and Duty Drawback Center (OSS Center) as part of his administration's rightsizing policy.
Through Administrative Order No. 4, Marcos said it is the policy of the national government to rationalize the functional structures of agencies with complementary mandates and promote coordination efficiency and organization coherence in the bureaucracy.
"The OSS Center is hereby abolished. Within 90 working days from the effectivity of this Order, the Secretary of Finance shall fully implement the abolition, including the disposition and transfer of the OSS Center's functions, personnel, and assets, as may be necessary," AO No. 4 stated.
The OSS Center was created under the DOF through Administrative Order No. 266 "for the orderly and expeditious processing of tax credits and duty drawbacks under various laws."
According to the Presidential Communications Office, it was DOF Secretary Benjamin Diokno who recommended the abolition of the OSS Center.
“First, some OSS Center officials and employees have been found to have committed a series of several tax credit scams involving billions of pesos over the years,” Diokno said in a separate press release.
“Second, its abolition and transfer of functions under the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and the BOC (Bureau of Customs) are in line with the Marcos Jr. administration's push to right size government. This will streamline revenue operations and reduce administrative expenses,” he added.
The AO stated that OSS Center personnel should be separated from service and that they should receive separate benefits under the applicable laws, rules and regulations.
It added that all vacant positions in the OSS Center would be abolished. —KBK, GMA Integrated News