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Cabinet Office backs calls for clearer ethics framework on big data

29 April 2016

New body to be set up amid concerns over the use of big data, with Cabinet Office also drawing up new framework for government data...

Whitehall sign

Tidying of the quangos? New guidance to help officials sort “confusing” arm’s-length bodies

29 April 2016

Cabinet Office review prompts fresh distinctions between executive agencies (EAs), non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) and non-ministerial departments (NMDs)

Property, housing, Land Registry

DCLG’s Right to Buy costings “entirely speculative” — Public Accounts Committee

29 April 2016

Committee of MPs says department has “not made a diligent and credible case” for policy which aims to fund...

Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

MoJ's probation shake-up has not hit services, says spending watchdog – but staff feeling the strain

28 April 2016

Natioanl Audit Office says probation services "have been sustained throughout a period of major changes" – but warns of "unsurprising frictions" between...

BIS permanent secretary Martin Donnelly photographed for CSW

Martin Donnelly on BIS Sheffield closure: splitting policy across 14 sites is not helpful

28 April 2016

BIS perm sec seeks to justify closure of Sheffield site, and says departmental cuts will mean reducing headcount by 30%-40% "over time"

HM Treasury

Treasury not doing enough to help departments cut EU fines – PAC

27 April 2016

PAC urges stronger cross-government effort to clamp down on fines incurred for errors in the way government spends EU funds


City lawyer to chair equalities watchdog after seeking to calm conflict of interest fears

27 April 2016

Pinsent Masons lawyer and former Stonewall chair David Isaac to become chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) after promising...

10 Downing Street

Labour asks FoI watchdog to probe report officials using WhatsApp to avoid rules

27 April 2016

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Louise Haigh says use of WhatsApp should either be "banned completely or brought under...


“Acknowledge the evidence and avoid change for its own sake" – an ex-senior civil servant's tips for ministers & officials

25 April 2016

What values should guide officials at a time of deep scepticism with democratic institutions? David Faulkner was a civil servant at the Home Office for over 30 years before joining Oxford...

arrivals, moves, departures, jobs, HR

Latest moves in the civil service & public affairs – April 25

25 April 2016

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

arrivals, moves, departures, jobs, HR

Latest moves in the civil service & public affairs – April 18

18 April 2016

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


Purdah should not mean government goes into shutdown

18 April 2016

For many in politics, purdah is an excuse to close down any public facing or vaguely innovative government activity, writes former home secretary Jacqui Smith

Cabinet Office Whitehall

Grimstone Review of Public Appointments: what are the key concerns?

13 April 2016

Plans to change the way key public sector jobs are filled have drawn criticism from the former public appointments watchdog Sir David Normington, who is concerned they hand too much power to...

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

FDA chief Dave Penman: George Osborne's budgetary sleights of hand will cost the public sector billions

12 April 2016

George Osborne’s third budget in 12 months will force departments to find the lion’s share of “easy” savings through barely-mentioned pensions changes hidden in the small print

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni

John Manzoni interview: "Guiding people through change always takes longer than you think; it’s always harder than you think"

25 February 2016

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni talks to Suzannah Brecknell about leadership, transforming government and building relationships with the private...

Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill photographed for CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Interview: Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill on transforming his department, turning around staff morale – and being likened to Darth Vader

17 February 2016

With responsibility for policing, immigration, borders and countering extremism, Mark Sedwill certainly has a lot on his plate. The Home Office permanent secretary talks to Matt Foster about the...

Bob Kerslake photographed by Mark Weeks for Civil Service World

Lord Kerslake interview: “Civil servants are more at risk from ministers’ off-the-record briefings to the press than they are from FoI”

29 January 2016

Ex-civil service head Lord Kerslake talks to Daniel Bond about the Trade Union Bill, Freedom of Information – and why he is using his platform in the House of Lords as a chance to speak his mind...

David Cameron signing correspondence

How ditching the jargon helped one Fast Streamer make ministerial letters clearer

7 April 2016

Whitehall jargon is often the stuff of parody — and at the 2015 Civil Service Awards, David Cameron introduced a new award for clarity in civil service communications. Max Goldbart talks to the...

Beth Simone Noveck – photo by Joi Ito, released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

What can Barack Obama's digital adviser teach the civil service about talent hunting?

29 March 2016

A new book by Beth Simone Noveck – a former open-government adviser to both US president Barack Obama and prime minister David Cameron – contains useful lessons for the civil service on finding...

Town hall, devolution

Special report: As devolution gathers pace, is Whitehall really ready to let go?

22 March 2016

Passing powers from Whitehall to local areas is a key government goal. But do civil servants have enough understanding of what is happening on the ground to make the policy work? Colin Marrs talks...