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Departmental Reviews

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 15 December 2020

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Ceisteanna (313)

Gerald Nash


313. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Minister for Defence when the last review of his Department took place; the conclusions derived from the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43570/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

My Department has a programme of ongoing review through its business planning process and its engagement with me on the priorities for the Defence Organisation.

The Department has been engaged in a wide range of review and reform both internally and as part of the wider public sector reform process. My Department was to the forefront of adoption of the provision of shared transactional HR and payroll services. It is currently participating in the programme to deliver shared financial services across the civil service. It is also fully engaged with the process of Civil Service Reform and and wider public service reform as part of the Our Public Service 2020(OPS 2020) programme. My Department has led Action 10 of OPS 2020 to embed project and programme management across the public service.

The organisational structure of my Department was considered in 2017 and the divisional structure altered to address priority areas including matters of Defence Forces HR policy. My Department also undertook an internal change management programme, commenced in December 2017, addressing structures, people and communications.

My Department's expenditure is also subject of ongoing engagement with the programme of expenditure reviews. Expenditure reviews provide an examination of all areas of public expenditure by Government Departments in a process led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The review process examines how well programmes are working, how expenditure is being managed, the challenges and pressures that are likely to arise in the medium term, and reforms to be carried out to manage these pressures.

A review of Civil Defence expenditure was carried out as part of the 2019 programme and expenditure on Peace Support Missions formed part of the 2020 programme of reviews. Each of these reviews has individual findings and next steps outlined in reports which are available on the website of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service, www.igees.gov.ie .

Question No. 314 answered with Question No. 307.