I propose to take Questions Nos. 274 and 275 together.
Section 22 of the Regulation of Lobbying Act provides that specific categories of Designated Public Officials (“DPOs”) are subject to a one-year “cooling-off” period, during which they cannot engage in lobbying activities in specific circumstances, or be employed by, or provide services to, a person carrying on lobbying activities in specific circumstances.
A list of current DPOs is maintained on the website of my Department at the following address
I understand that statistics on the number of applications for consent to waive this cooling off period are included in the annual Regulation of Lobbying report published by the Standards in Public Officer Commission. My Department does not keep a separate record of such applications.
The Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour sets out further guidance on the acceptance of outside appointments and of consultancy engagement following resignation or retirement. Civil Servants who hold positions which are “designated positions” for purposes of the Ethics Acts shall not, within twelve months of resigning or retiring from the service, accept an offer of appointment from an employer outside the Civil Service or accept an engagement in a particular consultancy project where the nature and terms of such appointment or engagement could lead to a conflict of interest, without first obtaining approval. Staff are provided with the Code of Standards and Behaviour on appointment and staff in "designated positions" are asked to make the appropriate declarations under the Ethics legislation throughout their career. I am not aware of any application to my Department by a former employee for approval to accept an appointment.