Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1862)

Catherine Murphy


1862. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 782 of 9 July 2019, the work undertaken by the data specialist her Department engaged at a cost of €97,150 in 2019; if they were engaged on matters in respect of the public services card and or reports examining the public services card; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36079/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The work undertaken by the data specialist related to the provision of technical assistance in relation to data analysis and statistical modelling work that is ongoing in the Department. The data specialist was an expert in SAS, the statistical software package used by the Department.

I can confirm the data specialist was not in engaged in respect of the Public Services Card and/or reports examining the Public Services Card.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.