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DWP denies telling civil servants how to vote on Scottish referendum

20 August 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied telling its employees how to vote in the Scottish referendum, after its permanent secretary Robert Devereux issued department-wide guidance on the topic.

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Online map of government property and land launched

20 August 2014

Members of the public will be able to search the government property portfolio from today, using a new tool that maps all government-held land and buildings.

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Home Office to pay more than £220m over bungled e-Borders termination

18 August 2014

The Home Office has today been ordered to pay US defence contractor Raytheon Systems more than £220m by an arbitration tribunal considering the termination of the e-borders contract.

 

Probation scheme faces final hurdle

15 August 2014

Speaking to the Financial Times, head of the Major Projects Authority (MPA), John Manzoni, made it clear that the MPA would be taking a careful look at the Ministry of Justice’s probation outsourcing programme.

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Chief operating officer Stephen Kelly resigns

6 August 2014

The government’s chief operating officer Stephen Kelly has today announced he will leave the civil service in November to become the chief executive of business software firm Sage Group.

John Hirst to leave Met Office after 7 years

1 August 2014

John Hirst, chief executive of the Met Office, is leaving the civil service in September after seven years in the role.

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New CEO to be recruited from the business world

28 July 2014

The Cabinet Office has made clear that its new chief executive will require substantial experience as a top business person, ruling out the vast majority of serving civil servants.

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Passport staff strike today for better pay and reduced workload

28 July 2014

Passport workers are on a 24-hour strike today over a pay dispute and staff shortages, with the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) claiming these workers earn as much as £3,000 less than other Home Office staff doing similar roles.

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Crossrail ‘textbook example’ of good programme management, says report

24 July 2014

The £15.8bn Crossrail programme was commended for demonstrating good programme management by a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report, published yesterday.

250 Border Force staff suffer from ‘itchy’ uniforms, chief tells committee

24 July 2014

Border Force director general Sir Charles Montgomery rejected suggestions by Home Affairs Select Committee chair Keith Vaz (pictured) that 250 border guards are suing the organisation over its new “itchy” uniforms.

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Arup chief confirmed as Environment Agency chairman

23 July 2014

Sir Philip Dilley has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Environment Agency, and will take up the post on 8 September 2014.

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NAO: HMRC ‘should urgently invest’ in commercial skills

23 July 2014

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) “should urgently invest in its operational, technical and commercial skills,” a report by the National Audit Office has found.