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Administrative and Financial Services "plans and executes budgetary, fiscal and personnel program of United Nations [and is] responsible for collecting contributions from members and for investment of funds." (YUN, 1946-1947) It also advises the Secretary-General on organizational programs in terms of their budget and personnel needs.
The Department worked closely with all Departments of the Secretariat, the Registrar of the International Court of Justice and the specialized agencies on administrative, financial and budgetary questions. In addition, the Department coordinated with member states on their payment of their UN contributions. In 1949, there was a re-organization to create the Bureau of Finance, the Bureau of Personnel, and the Inspection Service. In 1950, the department underwent further reform, receiving the Mission Administrative Staff and the Maintenance and Engineering Division from Conference and General Services in order to increase centralization of the construction of HQ. The staff of the International Centre for Training in Public Administration was transferred to the Department of Economic Affairs’ technical division, and the Staff Pension Division was redesignated as the Joint Staff Pension Fund under the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General. (YUN, 1950). The Assistant Secretary-General was Byron Price.