HMRC staff reviewed 73,000 stopped or amended tax-credit claims and closed a further 181,000 cases after meltdown of outsourced fraud-and-error checking contract
John Manzoni interview: "Guiding people through change always takes longer than you think; it’s always harder than you think"
Civil service chief executive John Manzoni talks to Suzannah Brecknell about leadership, transforming government and building relationships with the private sector
Fire and rescue services: Home Office urged to improve scrutiny "of budget decisions made in Whitehall"
As Home Office prepares to take on full responsibility for fire and rescue services from the Department for Communities and Local Government, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee say Whitehall must do more to understand the local implications of budget cuts
Interview: Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill on transforming his department, turning around staff morale – and being likened to Darth Vader
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 power of events, the drive to improve staff morale – and why the department’s “policy-heavy” headquarters are in line for a shake-up
Probation officers and other civil service roles could be subject to greater management from police and crime commissioners as part of measures to promote integration and information sharing, home secretary Theresa May has said.
New research shows Whitehall departments are good at sharing data with each other, but openness with the wider public sector is more of a challenge
Think tank report says lack of guidance from central government and Whitehall capacity issues have frustrated local leaders’ efforts to take on more powers
Regulator Ofgem’s energy markets inquiry lead Rachel Fletcher appointed for seven-year term
Head of the Government Property Unit challenges departments to test themselves against newly-launched smart working code of practice
Chief executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Watchdog seeks to reassure MPs after merger with Treasury unit – and John Manzoni says new organisation will have more "teeth"
The MoD is set to bring its civilian HR, finance, information and security vetting corporate services back in house from April
National Audit Office says Department for Work and Pensions has improved oversight of Employment and Support Allowance tests - but warns of "perpetuating cycle of optimistic targets, contractual underperformance and costly recovery"
Emergency services will be encouraged to share back office functions under plans outlined by the Home Office