Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (117, 118)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

117. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of employees in his Department; the number professionally qualified with organisations (details supplied); the number with other relevant professional qualifications; and the number with no professional qualifications, in tabular form. [1893/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

118. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of employees in his Department authorised to engage in procurement; the number professionally qualified with organisations (details supplied); the number with other relevant professional qualifications; and the number with no professional qualifications, in tabular form. [1910/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 117 and 118 together.

The number of staff in my Department, excluding the Office of Government Procurement, was 466 on 31 December 2018. The number of staff in the Office of Government Procurement was 222 on 31 December 2018.

Details of 2018 memberships of the professional bodies listed in the PQ are included in the following table:

Staff Numbers (Headcount at end Dec 2018)

Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Institute of Public Administration

DPER

466

0

0

n/a

OGP

222

0

1

n/a

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Other RelevantProfessional Qualifications

DPER

4

2

0

15

OGP

1

0

1

9

As part of my Department’s People@PER Strategy 2017-2020, all staff in the Department are actively encouraged and supported to develop and enhance the professional skills, attitudes and behaviours that lead to organisational success, embedding a culture of employee engagement, high performance and inclusivity across the Department.

In terms of the Deputy's question on procurement, while any member of staff may be engaged in a procurement process, the Department's internal procurement policy provides that a Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) shall have oversight of each procurement process. The Principal Officer with responsibility for the Business Unit budget that the proposed procurement is to be paid from is the SRO in the case of procurements valued over €25,000, unless this role is otherwise formally assigned. The relevant Assistant Principal Officer in the Business Unit is the SRO in respect of purchases below €25,000, unless this role is otherwise formally assigned.

Finally, the Deputy may wish to note that due to the nature its role, a significant number of staff in the Office of Government Procurement hold procurement qualifications and have substantial expertise and experience in public procurement.