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Senior managers often ‘don’t know what’s going on’ with their departments’ contracts

18 September 2014

Senior civil servants often “don’t know what’s going on” with contracts held by their departments and thus spot problems too late, Joshua Reddaway, the National Audit Office’s director for commercial and contracting, has warned.

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Passport Office chief exec accused of ‘complete management failure’

16 September 2014

Paul Pugh, chief executive of the Passport Office, has been accused of a “complete management failure” by the Home Affairs Select Committee. In a report published today, the committee calls for the office to be abolished and its functions to be returned to the direct control of ministers.

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Charles Clarke: Politicians who ‘slag off’ civil service are ‘completely wrong’

16 September 2014

Civil servants who challenge ministers’ ill thought-through policy ideas are generally blamed for blocking change and become the “butt of hostility”, former Labour minister Charles Clarke has said.

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PAC says DCLG lacks adequate accountability for local authority grant schemes

15 September 2014

The Public Accounts Committee has warned the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that it lacks the data to ensure that local authorities are receiving “value for money with their funding” in some targeted grant schemes.

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Dugher: New CEO could 'lack authority'

8 September 2014

The new chief executive of the civil service is likely to "lack the authority he/she needs to help drive forward real reform”, according to shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher.

Heywood takes reins as head of the civil service

5 September 2014

Sir Jeremy Heywood has this week taken over the role of head of the civil service from Sir Bob Kerslake, who in July announced his forthcoming retirement.

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New government deputy CTO starts this week

5 September 2014

Former Credit Suisse chief information officer Magnus Falk has this week started his new role as government deputy chief technology officer, one of 100 senior digital specialists brought into government over the past year.

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Over half of perm secs attended Oxbridge, report finds

2 September 2014

More than half of permanent secretaries attended Oxbridge, compared to less than 1% of the public as a whole, according to a report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission which criticises the lack of diversity among the people running the country.

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MoJ fined for mishandling personal data

26 August 2014

The Ministry of Justice has been served a penalty of £180,000 by the ICO today for losing sensitive data.

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New CEO should report to PM, says think-tank founder

21 August 2014

The new chief executive of the civil service will only have “sufficient authority” if he/she reports directly to the prime minister, rather than Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, John Healey, co-founder of new think-tank GovernUp, has said.

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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.