Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Sean Fleming has noted the publication by Minister Brendan Howlin of the report on Strengthening Civil Service Accountability and Performance today.
Deputy Fleming commented: “While this report may contain some useful suggestions it falls short of real proposals to make the civil service more accountable.
“Disappointingly, the two key recommendations effectively involve the establishment of two new quangos. The report recommends an Accountability Board for the Civil Service and the appointment for the first time a Head of the Civil Service. One key measure that could have been included would have been to allow civil servants give their own views on proposals in their own departments.
“A key lack of accountability in the civil service arises from people changing their posts or retiring. If we are serious about accountability, people must be held accountable for the decisions they made even after they have moved on or retired from the posts.
“There is very little about eliminating unnecessary duplication in this report. For example there are separate means tests carried out by public servants in respect of social welfare, education grants, medical cards, housing applications to mention just a few. There is no mention of unifying this process to streamline the system of delivery for people.
“The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has not lived up to his title.”