Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (258)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

258. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the working groups currently established in his Department; the focus of their work; the membership composition of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13571/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Due to the nature of the role of my Department, particularly in relation to the wide programme of management and reform of the Civil and Public Service, it either leads or is represented on a very large number of cross-departmental and other structures. This includes, for example, Working Groups, Interdepartmental Committees, Networks, Advisory Groups / Boards and Programme Boards. As the Deputy’s question specifically references Working Groups, that is the information which is being provided but it is important to note that there are a large number of other structures in place on a broad range of issues.

In this context, information in respect of formal Working Groups led by my Department is set out in the following table:

Working Group (Title and Summary of Purpose)

Membership

Public Bodies Working Group on Open Data

The PBWG discusses key Open Data issues and provides expert input to decisions and actions aimed at ensuring a coherent and consistent approach to the publication of Open Data by Public Bodies

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Ordnance Survey Ireland

Central Statistics Office

Environmental Protection Agency

Met Eireann

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

National Transport Authority

Marine Institute

House of the Oireachtas

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Fingal County Council

Roscommon County Council

Occupational Injuries Working Group

Evaluation of the operational effectiveness of the current Occupational Injuries Scheme in the Civil Service

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

National Shared Services Office

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Justice and Equality

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Office of Public Works

Health and Wellbeing Framework Working Group

To develop a comprehensive Civil Service Policy / Guidance document that is aligned with the Healthy Ireland Workplace Framework

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Health

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Learning and Development Working Group

Develop a unified Learning and Development Strategy based on an assessment of future skill requirements in both specialist and generalist areas and to establish a new shared model to deliver a suite of common learning and development programmes underpinned by evaluation to achieve more consistent and effective learning outcomes.

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

HR GDPR Data Protection Working Group

To develop a civil service HR records schedule and guidelines for HR for data protection

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Central Statistics Office

National Archives

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

National Shared Services Office

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Public Appointments Service

Quality Customer Service Working Group

Oversee the expansion of the Quality Customer Service Network (QCSN) to the wider Public Service, and advise on the QCSN Work Programme

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Department of Foreign Affairs

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Justice and Equality

Health Service Executive

Department of Employment and Social Protection

Department of Transport

Dublin City Council

Data as an Enabler Working Group

Develop and oversee the implementation of the Public Service Data Strategy

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Central Statistics Office

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Ordnance Survey Ireland

Build to Share Applications Working Group

Oversee the implementation of the Build to Share Applications Programme - the delivery of shared ICT applications across the Civil Service

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Gov.ie Programme Working Group

Implement the rollout of the consolidation of all Government Department websites into one website - gov.ie

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Office of Public Works

All other Government Departments

ICT HR Professionalism Strategy Working Group

Oversees the implementation of the ICT HR Professionalisation Strategy for the Civil Service which was developed to address the Increase Capability pillar of the Public Service ICT Strategy

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Department of Education and Skills

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Indicators Working Group

Support an outcomes focussed approach to reform, including by supporting the development of suitable outcome and output indicators for OPS2020

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Institute of Public Administration

Central Statistics Office

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Justice and Equality

Department of Defence

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Health Service Executive

Local Government Management Agency

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Interdepartmental Working Group for Freedom of Information (IDWG)

Support the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 in the Civil Service.

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

All Government Departments

As noted already, my Department is also represented on a large number of cross-departmental and other structures, including Working Groups, that are led by other Departments.

Finally, the Deputy may also wish to note that my Department has a range of internal structures in place to support its day-to-day work, although these are not described as Working Groups. This includes, for example, the Management Board, the Governance Committee, the Workforce Planning Group, the Audit Committee and the Perspectives Group which supports the implementation of the Department’s own HR Strategy. The Office of Government Procurement, which is also part of my Department, also has a number of groups of this nature.