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Latest civil service & public affairs moves – July 25

25 July 2016

New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues on Dods People

Shadow cabinet office minister Louise Haigh photographed by Paul Heartfield

Perm sec diversity: watchdog rejects Labour's call to publish interview shortlists

22 July 2016

Civil Service Commission says Louise Haigh's call for shortlists to be published in a bid to shed more light on the male/female split would have a "...

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Black and minority ethnic civil servants “significantly” less likely to be interviewed for top jobs

22 July 2016

New research from the Civil Service Commission finds that while BME civil servants represented more than a tenth of all applicants to senior jobs, they...

Home Office, Marsham Street

Home Office brings digital and technology operations under one roof

22 July 2016

Department creates new unit at Marsham Street under stewardship of former chief technology officer Sarah Wilkinson

David Cameron

Fresh embarrassment for Cameron as Cabinet Office "blocks" farewell honours list

22 July 2016

Reports claim Whitehall has ethical concerns about former prime minister's "brazen" request for peerages and other honours for former aides

The image shows chief of the National Audit Office, Amyas Morse

Overstretched civil service being set up to fail on Brexit, says NAO boss Amyas Morse

21 July 2016

Major speech by the head of the public spending watchdog warns ministers to stop asking the civil service to run on "perpetual overload"

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni

Second wave of Whitehall-wide commercial standards out by end of this month

21 July 2016

Commercial Standards are getting an overhaul, the Cabinet Office confirms, but wider "Blueprints" are still not finished

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There are still too few women at the top of Whitehall – here's what the Home Office is doing to change that

20 July 2016

Jo Hopkins, chair of the Home Office women’s network and senior sponsor of the Gender Equality Network, welcomes the steps being taken to encourage women from...

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Manj Kalar: The civil service's finance professionals must rise to the Brexit challenge

20 July 2016

Economic uncertainty in the wake of the Brexit vote will mean taking a fresh look at public spending – but...

Home secretary Theresa May

Could Theresa May's appointment prompt a rethink of how Whitehall does national security?

19 July 2016

Theresa May arrives at Number 10 with years of experience on the government's key decision-making body on security....

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Sir Leigh Lewis: Is it time to overhaul the civil service grade system?

19 July 2016

In the first of his occasional opinion pieces on issues that matter to officials, former permanent secretary Sir Leigh Lewis takes aim at the  civil service...

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The Civil Service Workforce plan: everything you need to know

18 July 2016

Amid all the drama of last week’s arrival of a new government, it was easy to miss the launch of the Civil Service Workforce Plan. But, as Suzannah...

Zara Farrar, women's group GDS

"Sexism was rife in some teams" – how the Government Digital Service tackled its "boys' club" image

11 July 2016

Not long ago, the team overseeing digital transformation in Whitehall was in need of some significant changes itself. Zara Farrar, leader of the Government Digital Service’s women’s group, tells...

Sir Michael Wilshaw photographed for The House by Paul Heartfield

Michael Wilshaw interview: Ofsted's outgoing chief on the “gaping hole in our education system” and what Gove would be like as PM

7 July 2016

As Sir Michael Wilshaw approaches the end of his tenure as head of education inspectorate Ofsted, he looks back on his time in post and vents his concerns about a worrying lack of leadership in...

Alex Holmes GDS

Government Digital Service chief: We’re trying to lose our “arrogant” image

29 June 2016

“When we are concerned about a service, we have learnt to have a much better discussion about how that could be improved," says GDS chief operating officer...

Tom Scholar

The Treasury's new permanent secretary starts today. So who is Tom Scholar?

4 July 2016

HM Treasury’s new permanent secretary Tom Scholar arrives in post via a somewhat different route to long-serving predecessor Sir Nick Macpherson. Colin Marrs takes a look at his career to date and...

The Mentor Match team

Can the new Mentor Match scheme challenge civil service mentoring's “who you know” culture?

17 June 2016

Drawn up by four civil servants in their spare time, the new digital Mentor Match service has won the backing of some of Whitehall’s top figures. Here the scheme’s founders explain how they did it...

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A mandarin’s manual? Former DWP perm sec Sir Leigh Lewis reviews "How to be a Civil Servant"

16 May 2016

Former Department for Work and Pensions permanent secretary Leigh Lewis finds that Martin Stanley’s new book How to be a Civil Servant offers a valuable guide, but not quite the whole picture