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Home Affairs Committee chair Keith Vaz repeatedly questions Robbins on Border Force funding
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 ministers. So what are the key concerns and how has the government responded?
New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues on Dods People
International Development permanent secretary Mark Lowcock tells CSW that asking other departments to take on aid commitments won't undermine DfID's mission — and says some of his staff have been poached for their expertise
Malcolm McKibbin tells staff 17-month embargo on new hires is over, after around 3,000 staff quit service via Voluntary Exit Scheme
PHSO says Dr Bill Kirkup will lead investigations into most serious and complex cases brought before the public services watchdog
Bishop to lead body which regulates civil service appointments
Second perm sec to announce he is leaving the civil service after vying for top Treasury job
Bernard Jenkin says his Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee needs more time to scrutinise the government's choice for public appointments watchdog – and the government has yet to name its preferred candidate for the civil service equivalent
Decade-long IT contract – underpinning £500bn in tax revenue – to come to an early end
DfID’s Angela Balakrishnan tells Max Goldbart how cross-government working and innovative content helped to keep the public informed at the height of the Ebola outbreak
Government Outcomes Lab being set up in partnership with Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government in a bid to assess the impact of outcome-based commissioning schemes
Largest civil service union to ballot members on closure of Department for Business, Innovation and Skills St Paul's Place site – as permanent secretary Martin Donnelly tells MPs the decision will "make policy work more cost-effectively"
Government's preferred candidate to succeed Sir David Normington as Commissioner for Public Appointments says revamped process for filling top public jobs will not result in ministers "just being able to get who they want"
International Development Committee gives broad backing to UK's new aid strategy – but warns DfID not to lose sight of poverty focus as other departments take on responsibility for spending development assistance funds
Committee chair Bernard Jenkin warns cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood that guidance on support for pro-Brexit ministers could leave officials exposed during legal proceedings — but Heywood says withdrawing them "would simply create uncertainty and confusion"
Bath and North East Somerset Council's Jo Farrar set to join Department for Communities and Local Government's senior management team
Outgoing director of the Institute for Government think tank due to take over from Sir David Normington at watchdog ensuring ministers fill top public jobs on merit
FDA union chief Dave Penman says pensions move will make make budget cuts "significantly worse” than the chancellor's headline announcements
Chancellor pays tribute to "great public servant" – but SNP MPs jeer reference to "impartiality"
CCS chief Collier says independence of exams watchdog Ofqual "one of the attractions" of taking on chief regulator role – and says procurement background no barrier to doing the job
Former Times health editor on the move to BIS