Departmental Functions

Questions (111)

Dara Calleary

Question:

111. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Social Protection the current operational structure of her Department outlining the management structure but excluding naming of personnel; the responsibilities of each section; the number of persons working in each section; her plans for reforming this structure; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50919/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Department’s Management Board consists of the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary, ten Assistant Secretaries, the Chief Appeals Officer and the Chief Medical Adviser. An organisational chart to Principal level is attached showing total staff reporting to each Assistant Secretary. There are some 6500 people in the Department. The Department has undergone considerable transformation in recent years with the integration of the employment and community services of FÁS and the community welfare service from the HSE. The transformation and reorganisation of the Department is now well advanced but will take some years to complete. If the Deputy would like additional details or to discuss further the Secretary General is happy to meet the Deputy.

Structure of Department of Social Protection at November 2013

Niamh O’Donoghue

Secretary General

Anne Vaughan

Deputy Secretary General

Internal Audit *

Seamus Quinn

Chief Appeals Officer

Geraldine Gleeson

Chief Medical Advisor

Dr Clement Leech

Assistant Secretary

John Conlon

Assistant Secretary

Orlaigh Quinn

Assistant Secretary

Tim Duggan

Assistant Secretary

Niall Barry

Deputy CAO

Cathy Barron

Deputy CMA

Dr Devesh Singh

Finance

Sean Reilly

HR Policy & Service

Celine Moore

Lucy Fallon-Byrne

Ciaran Lawler

Payments Strategy

Siobhan Lawlor

Enterprise Architect

Sean Fay

Budget/IMF Reporting

Denis Moynihan

Pensions/Household Benefits Policy

Patricia Murphy

Client Identity Services

Richard Shine

Software Engineer

John Bohan

Legislation/Planning Secretariat

Helen McDonald

Contributory Pensions/ CIB/ MABS/Information

Anne Marie Cassidy

Infrastructure

Kevin Coady

Facilities Management

Eoghan Ryan

Non Contributory Pensions/ Household Benefits

Miriam Finnegan

Service Delivery

Victor Galvin

Corporate Services

Vacancy

EU International

Mary O’Sullivan

DRIM/Public Service Reform/ICT Project Planning

Daragh O’Connor

*Internal Audit reports directly to Secretary General.

Structure of Department of Social Protection at November 2013

Niamh O’Donoghue

Secretary General

Anne Vaughan

Deputy Secretary General

Assistant Secretary

Kathleen Stack

Assistant Secretary

Helen Faughnan

Assistant Secretary

Oliver Egan

Assistant Secretary

John McKeon

Assistant Secretary

Simonetta Ryan

Assistant Secretary

Teresa Leonard

Control

Deirdre Shanley

Operational Policy/ Regional Support Unit

Bernard Tonge

Marie O’Neill

Barry Kennedy

Work/CE Schemes/ Employment Support

TJ Fleming

Mary Donnelly

Activation & Employment Policy

Terry Corcoran

Working Age Policy/ General Register Policy

Padraig O’Conaill

Benefits/ Medical Review & Assessment

Alan Flynn

Special Investigation Unit

Philip Cox

Decisions Advisory Office/ Freedom of Information

Anne Mc Manus

Dublin North Division

Paul Carroll

Transformation/IR/Intreo Pilot Offices

Anne Tynan

Jobseekers/OPFP Reform

Equality

Niall Egan

Disability Allowance/ Carers Allowance/ Family Income Supplement

Catherine Kellaghan

North West Division

Kieran O’Dwyer

South West Division

Neil Kelly

Dublin South Division

Fiona Ward

Employer Relations

Joan Gordon

PRSI/Scope/ Redundancy &Insolvency

Mary Kennedy

Disability/Carers Policy

Liam Walsh

North East Division

Joe Mc Guinness

Cork Central Division

Maria Hurley

Dublin Central Division

David Dillon

External Service Delivery

Brendan Friel

General Register Office

Kieran Feely

Child Benefit/Domiciliary Care Allowance/Client Eligibility Service/ Maternity Benefit

Tony Kieran

Western Division

Eoin Brown

South East Division

Liam Daly

Mid-Leinster Division

Donal Spellman

Business Intelligence

Paul Morrin

Social Inclusion & Child Income Policy

Jim Walsh

Midlands North Division

Des Henry

Midlands South Division

Veronica O’Brien

Regional Process Modernisation

Philip O’Donohoe

Mid-West Division

Jim Lynch

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

Jackie Harrington

State Pension (Non-Contributory) Appeals

Questions (112)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

112. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the progress to date in determination of an appeal for State pension non-contributory in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50930/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 20 November 2013. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral appeal hearing. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

Departmental Contracts

Questions (113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

113. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of contracts and their total financial cost awarded to a company (details supplied) by her Department in each of the years 2008 to 2012, inclusive, and 2013 or whatever years practicable; if all the contracts were winning public tenders; and if she will provide a breakdown of the contracts by date, purpose and individual value. [50960/13]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

114. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of contracts and their total financial cost awarded to a company (details supplied) by her Department in each of the years 2008 to 2012, inclusive, and 2013 or whatever years practicable; if all the contracts were winning public tenders; and if she will provide a breakdown of the contracts by date, purpose and individual value. [50963/13]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

115. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of contracts and their total financial cost awarded to a company (details supplied) by her Department in each of the years 2008 to 2012, inclusive, and 2013 or whatever years practicable; if all the contracts were winning public tenders; and if she will provide a breakdown of the contracts by date, purpose and individual value. [50966/13]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

116. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of contracts and their total financial cost awarded to a company (details supplied) by her Department in each of the years 2008 to 2012, inclusive, and 2013 or whatever years practicable; if all the contracts were winning public tenders; and if she will provide a breakdown of the contracts by date, purpose and individual value. [50969/13]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

117. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of contracts and their total financial cost awarded to a company (details supplied) by her Department in each of the years 2008 to 2012, inclusive, and 2013 or whatever years practicable; if all the contracts were winning public tenders; and if she will provide a breakdown of the contracts by date, purpose and individual value. [50972/13]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

118. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of contracts and their total financial cost awarded to a company (details supplied) by her Department in each of the years 2008 to 2012, inclusive, and 2013 or whatever years practicable; if all the contracts were winning public tenders; and if she will provide a breakdown of the contracts by date, purpose and individual value. [50975/13]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

119. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of contracts and their total financial cost awarded to a company (details supplied) by her Department in each of the years 2008 to 2012, inclusive, and 2013 or whatever years practicable; if all the contracts were winning public tenders; and if she will provide a breakdown of the contracts by date, purpose and individual value. [50978/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 113 to 119, inclusive, together.

The procurement of services is essential to support the Department in providing high quality service to the public in a cost effective and efficient manner and is governed by a comprehensive regulatory, legal and procedural framework.

The Department engages consultants (individuals or organisations) to provide intellectual or knowledge based services (e.g. expert analysis and advice) including the delivery of reports, studies, assessments, recommendations and proposals that contribute to decision making or policy making.

In accordance with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform procedures, procurements of goods and services in excess of €25,000 ex. VAT are advertised on etenders and all IT procurements in excess of €10,000 ex. VAT.

Details of contracts agreed from 2008 to date with consultants to whom the questions refer are set out in the following table.

Selected Consultants Contracted by DSP 2008- 2013 (as at 27th November)

2008

Consultants

Purpose

Public Tender (Y/N)

Contract Value

Grant Thornton

Strategic Review of Customer Facing Services

Yes

€183,406

Ernst & Young

Information Security Support

Yes

€120,000

Deloitte

Forensic Investigation Services

Yes

€40,000

PwC

External Training

No

€4,776

McCann FitzGerald

Legal Services

No

€3,059

2009

Consultants

Purpose

Public Tender (Y/N)

Contract Value

Ernst & Young

Information Security Support

Yes

€300,000

Deloitte

External Training

No

€5,000

McCann FitzGerald

Legal Services

No

€4,126

Grant Thornton

Consultancy Services

No

€1,000

2010

Consultants

Purpose

Public Tender (Y/N)

Contract Value

Arthur Cox

Legal Services

No

€6,598

McCann FitzGerald

Legal Services

No

€1,671

2011

Consultants

Purpose

Public Tender (Y/N)

Contract Value

Deloitte

Information Systems Audit

Yes

€170,478

PwC

Review of Pension Charges

Yes

€61,500

PwC

External Training

No

€10,573

2012

Consultants

Purpose

Public Tender (Y/N)

Contract Value

Deloitte

Information Security Support

Yes

€83,025

KPMG

Actuarial Review of Social Insurance Fund

Yes

€153,750

Arthur Cox

Legal Services

No

€3,703

2013 (as at 27 th November)

Consultants

Purpose

Public Tender (Y/N)

Contract Value

Deloitte

IT Support for Business Object Modelling Development

Yes

€826,560

Deloitte

IT Support for Regional Development

Yes

€1,564,560

PwC

Financial Assessment

No

€7,380