Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (243)

Catherine Murphy


243. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of meetings she has had with her officials regarding the public services card in the past three years to 16 September 2019; the staffing structure and management lines in her Department that are responsible for the public services card; the grades of the officials; the grade of the person with overall budgetary control and responsibility for the card; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38135/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

I meet with my officials, on an on-going basis, to discuss all matters relating to my Department, including the Public Services Card (PSC).

The Client Identity Services Unit of the Department has policy and operational responsibility for public service identity issues, including the PSC.  That area is structured in a similar fashion to areas in all Government Departments, with a Principal Officer, Assistant Principal Officers, Higher Executive Officers, Executive Officers and clerical staff. The Principal Officer reports to an Assistant Secretary who also has responsibility for other business areas within the Department.

The Secretary General, who is the Accounting Officer, has overall budgetary control and responsibility for the work of the Department, including the PSC. 

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.