A properly established and well managed Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES) is a valuable resource within a Department, not just for the Secretary and immediate staff, but for the whole Department.
This office ensures that all Department officials are included in the correspondence drafting and policy making process through a managed clearance and control system. Keeping policy officials informed of executive documents enhances the Secretary's ability to review sound and thought out policy recommendations before making final decisions.
Files maintained by the Office of the Executive Secretariat are also a valuable historical resource. When properly filed and archived, they will serve as the historical evidence of the Department's organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures and operations.