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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 14 May 2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Ceisteanna (41)

Joanna Tuffy

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41. Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the total expenditure on consultancy by her Department; the numbers of consultants engaged by her Department in the years 2011 to 2014; the names of the consultancy companies awarded contracts; the steps which have been taken to reduce the expenditure on consultancy, and the reliance on consultants by her Department, in these years, and for the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18961/15]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

The Department engages consultants (individuals or organisations) to provide intellectual or knowledge based services (e.g. expert analysis and advice) including the delivery of reports, studies, assessments, recommendations and proposals that contribute to decision making or policy making. The Department procures consultancy services only where specialised knowledge and/or skills are not available within the Department or where a particular need arises that cannot be addressed within the resources available.

The procurement of these services is essential to support the Department in providing high quality service to the public in a cost effective and efficient manner and is governed by a comprehensive regulatory, legal and procedural framework. The Department implements strict governance procedures in the procurement of such services.

The majority of expenditure on consultancy expertise is to support the Department in implementing a multi-annual service delivery modernisation and transformation programme involving business process, organisational and technological change. These programmes are supported by the procurement of separate external development services (IT external service provision) as well as engagement of consultants to provide strategic technical advice. Further technical consultancies relate to the on-going development of the Department’s extensive information technology systems. A breakdown of the annual expenditure on consultancy and also IT external service provision for previous years is available on the Department’s website at http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Procurement-Policy.aspx.

Total expenditure on the engagement of consultants by my Department for the years 2011 to 2014 is set out as follows and details of providers involved are included in the following tables.

Year

Number of Providers Engaged

Total

2014 (provisional)

14

€1,327,125

2013

14

€1,119,061

2012

15

€1,084,659

2011

16

€893,056

It is the Department’s policy to develop and sustain in house expertise, insofar as practicable and that skills transfer from consultants to Departmental staff takes place as an integral part of consultancy engagements. The purpose of this is to increase the knowledge and expertise of Departmental staff and to reduce and, if possible, eliminate further dependence on consultants in the areas concerned. The Department’s information systems division has also put in place training and mentoring programmes that build on the internal capacity and capability to deliver and support solutions on the Department’s information technology platform.

I am satisfied that the engagement of consultants contributes to decision making and policy formulation, and provides valuable support for the Department’s service delivery modernisation and reform programmes, and that procurement of consultants is compliant with best practice in realising value for money.

Year 2014 (provisional)

Contractor

Purpose

ESRI

SWITCH Research Programme

€250,000

Analysis & Measurement of Deprivation & Poverty

€55,978

Profiling of “Stock” Live Registrants

€16,873

Evaluation Research (BTEA)

€9,809

Action Learning, Behavioural Economics & Payments Migration

€2,000

Accenture

Review and redesign of front-line learning and development programmes

€237,636

Haywood Associates

Business Object Model - Technical Development Advice

€224,340

Naked Objects Group Ltd

Business Objects Modelling Advice & Expertise

€200,857

Premier Support for Developers

€36,720

Microsoft

Support to Technical Architecture Group

€19,590

IS Internal Audit Services

€23,616

Deloitte & Touche

Provision of Security Partner Services

€28,246

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion

Advice in relation to External Service Delivery - Employment Services

€50,978

OECD

Youth Guarantee Advice

€50,000

Axiom Consulting

Culture & Values Report on Organisation Development

€47,880

Irish Research Council

Social Inclusion Research Innovation Awards

€40,101

Mel Cousins & Associates

Evaluation of Fund for EU Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD)

€16,000

Geary Institute

Social Inclusion Research Innovation Awards

€7,960

Rits

Confidential Forensic Investigation Services

€6,541

Mike Byrne

Tender Evaluation - Contracting of External Employment Services

€2,000

Year 2013

Contractor

Purpose

Naked Objects Group Ltd

Business Objects Modelling Advice & Expertise

€234,463

Business Object Model - Technical Development Advice

€168,181

SWITCH Research Programme

€150,000

Analysis & Measurement of Deprivation & Poverty

€69,979

Profiling of “Stock” Live Registrants

€16,873

ESRI

Evaluation Research (BTEA)

€9,809

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion

Advice in relation to External Service Delivery - Employment Services

€140,989

Haywood Associates

Business Object Model - Technical Development Advice

€87,871

Axiom Consulting

Culture & Values Report on Organisation

€74,812

IS Internal Audit Services

€48,688

Deloitte & Touche

Provision of Security Partner Services

€6,540

Accenture

Mobile Opportunity Exploration

€33,388

Mercer Ireland Ltd

Long-term Pensions Policy Research

€18,450

Review of Best International Practice regarding In-Work Supports

€10,000

GRO Legislation Review

€4,720

Mel Cousins & Associates

Guidance documentation for deciding & appeals officers

€2,400

Microsoft

Support to Technical Architecture Group

€11,515

Irish Research Council

Social Inclusion Research Innovation Awards

€11,103

TOR Financial

Models of National Employment Based Pension Systems

€9,900

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Provision of Financial Advisory Services (for Payment Services Evaluation)

€7,380

Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute

Update of the Diet Supplement Diet Cost Report

€4,000

Year 2012

Contractor

Purpose

Naked Objects Group Ltd

Business Object Model - Technical Development Advice

€199,260

Business Objects Modelling Advice & Expertise

€108,486

SWITCH Research Programme

€150,000

ESRI

Analysis & Measurement of Deprivation & Poverty

€81,494

KPMG

Actuarial Review of Social Insurance Fund

€153,750

OECD

OECD Review of Long Term Pension Policy

€130,000

IS Internal Audit Services

€39,541

Deloitte & Touche

Security Partner to provide ongoing Information Security Support

€27,675

Indecon

Evaluation of the JobBridge National Internship Scheme

€59,557

Accenture

FÁS ICT Applications Systems Review

€44,772

Creative Inc.

Design Work for Intreo

€24,777

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Review of Pension Charges

€24,600

Language

Intreo Corporate Identity

€21,990

Ernst & Young

Security Partner to provide ongoing Information Security Support

€7,623

Rits

Confidential Forensic Services

€4,654

Compass Point

Developing architecture for Intreo

€4,600

Technical Guidance Ltd

Review of Pension Charges

€1,230

Daniel Finn

Pathways to Work – Consultation

€650

Year 2011

Contractor

Purpose

Naked Objects Group Ltd

Business Object Model - Technical Development Advice

€144,644

Business Objects Modelling Advice & Expertise

€92,104

SWITCH Research Programme

€150,000

ESRI

Analysis & Measurement of Deprivation & Poverty

€48,001

Accenture

Business Process Improvement

€186,563

PA Consulting Group

Payments Strategy

€111,142

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Social Inclusion Research Innovation Awards

€50,000

Price Waterhouse Cooper

National Pensions Framework Implementation

€36,300

IS Audit Consultancy/Computer Audit Assistance

€14,792

Deloitte & Touche

Confidential Forensic Investigation Services

€7,109

Dept. of Enterprise, Trade & Employment

Administrative Burden Review

€14,000

Trinity College

Poverty Research Initiative Awards

€9,788

Patrick Oliver Ryan

Gender Recognition Advisor Group

€7,000

UCD

Poverty Research Initiative Awards

€6,650

NUI Maynooth

Poverty Research Initiative Awards

€6,500

NUI Galway

Poverty Research Initiative Awards

€5,000

Eleanor Ashe

Poverty Research Initiative Awards

€1,750

Dr. Mary Mulcahy

Poverty Research Initiative Awards

€1,422

Net Affinity Ltd

Poverty Research Initiative Awards

€291

Question No. 42 withdrawn.
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