Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi wants to do away with the positions of assistant chief executives within government ministries.
Currently it is not unusual for a ministry to have five or more such posts with each receiving substantial salaries.
Tuilaepa says the proposed changes would avoid the confusion created by having too many such officers.
He says the Public Service Commission is reviewing the issue.
The opposition leader, Palusalue Fa'apo II, supports the move.
He has told the Samoa Observer the government has finally acted on what the opposition has been calling for.