Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (275)

Shane Cassells


275. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of external consultant reports commissioned by his Department in each year from March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the cost of each report; the company involved; and the title and publication date by report in tabular form. [49908/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The information requested by the Deputy on the number of external consultant reports commissioned by the Department is provided in the following table based on the information available up to September 2019.

I wish to further advise the Deputy that in January 2019, the Department commenced work on a significant Transformation Programme. This programme was established on foot of the recommendations of the independent Effectiveness and Renewal Group (ERG) for a radical restructuring of the Department.

Given the scale and ambition of the programme, which involved moving from a conceptual design to a fully implemented new operating model within nine months, the ERG recommended the procurement of an external resource to assist the internal team in the Department to implement the transformation.

Following a competitive procurement process (supported by the Office of Government Procurement), EY were appointed to partner with the Department on the project.

The total cost that the Department will incur in respect to the consultancy fees regarding the reorganisation of the Department is €3,513,114. Information on costs related to external consultant support is also available as a matter of public record on the Department website at http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/WP15000153 under the ‘Timeline and key facts & figures’ heading. All costs quoted are inclusive of VAT.

Staff from EY engaged at every level of the Department to map and evaluate existing activities and processes to inform the design of the new operating model. As part of this engagement, EY were also asked to provide specific assessments of corporate functions, immigration service delivery functions and ICT platforms, and to develop a cultural roadmap for the Department.

External Consultant Reports