Programme Director, Reform & Delivery Office: DPER Post author By Philip Lane Post date August 5, 2011 The new Department for Public Expenditure and Reform is looking to fill this senior position. Details are here. Categories In Uncategorized 11 Comments on Programme Director, Reform & Delivery Office: DPER ← No Kantoos, you’re not the only one who thinks it’s crazy → Boone and Johnson: Europe on the Brink 11 replies on “Programme Director, Reform & Delivery Office: DPER” It’s more correct to say that they’re looking for people to fill the positions of the required number of interviewees for the job. Just a suggestion : when this peverse period of destroying capital to save capital is finally over there are still quite effecient expenditure projects to engage in………… http://www.geograph.ie/photo/76745 http://www.geograph.ie/photo/76747 http://www.geograph.ie/photo/76749 http://www.geograph.ie/photo/2388317 Except for section between Carrigaline to Crosshaven the population density is as high if not higher then on the Greenline but if you can build a station to nowhere in Dublin – the least that could be done for Cork is a tram line to the seaside………. People need someplace to go for a day trip when they can no longer afford a weekend trip to Barcelona or indeed the independence of a car. http://www.geograph.ie/photo/1856275 http://www.geograph.ie/photo/2353603 and if I hear any dollar era / centric economist state its a waste of money he needs to have been shouting at the rooftops about the danger housing booms during the asset price inflation years. If / when the dollar dies convential economic thought will be turned on its silly little head. @Philip Thank you for posting the above. I had been wondering how this new department was going to go about its job of as I understood it ‘cutting public expenditure’. From a quick look at its organizational structure, I would say that it will fail miserably. One should look at the dysfunctionality between the core priorities and the departmental divisions. The department is divided into seven divisions. Which division is titled ‘Payroll expenditure Reduction’? None. Which division is titled ‘Non Payroll expenditure Reduction’? None. Seven divisions and none of them responsible for any expenditure reduction departments. Even, Sir Humphrey would have made a better effort to match stated objectives with a organizational structure that would have some hope of proposing the changes, if not achieving them. From the Job Brief: The Department’s core priorities are: • Achievement of the Government’s fiscal targets; • Public Service Reform and; • Political Reform. The Divisions of the Department are as follows: a) Expenditure Policy, Evaluation & Management b) Health, Pension Policy & European Union / Northern Ireland c) Labour Market & Enterprise Policy d) Public Service Reform & Delivery e) Remuneration & Industrial Relations f) Government Reform g) Centre for Management and Organisation Development & eGovernment And as if all that was not bad enough, the incumbents’ hands will be tied behind their backs and they will be bound to the Croke Park Agreement. The Public Service (Croke Park) Agreement is a key enabler of the reform agenda, and the full potential of the Agreement will be used to deliver the greater flexibility, redeployment and changed work practices required. This department will a nice little earner for an insiders. It has no hope nor is it structured to achieve any expenditure reductions. If the eurosystem really destroys dollar hedgemoney then convential post war economic thinking will become obsolete. If……….. only if – but people should prepare for the possibility. Once that was old & obsolete will become new again. http://www.geograph.ie/photo/2230173 Its hard for most Irish economists to get their head around the new monetory system forming as some of whom even considered the DART a waste of money in the super $ period of the 80s. But we have to accept the complete failure of convential private credit to drive net postive GDP. If the eurosystem really destroys dollar hedgemoney then convential post war economic thinking will become obsolete. If……….. only if – but people should prepare for the possibility. Once that was old & obsolete will become new again. http://www.geograph.ie/photo/2230173 Its hard for most Irish economists to get their head around the new monetory system forming as some of whom even considered the DART a waste of money in the super $ period of the 80s. But we have to accept the complete failure of convential private credit to drive net postive GDP. With regard to Croke Park, those who want the Irish public sector costs to be brought vaguely in line with those of EZ competitors rather than end up with a private sector that has to be taxed at a higher rate than those EZ competitors over the long term will rejoice at this: “and the full potential of the Agreement will be used to deliver the greater flexibility, redeployment and changed work practices required” Obviously the “full potential” is a hint that it is now OK to include the only part of the Agreement which has hitherto neither been implemented, nor attracted even one word of comment from the Implementation Body. Paragraph 1.28. It has been truly amazing that so far as I am aware the only public acknowledgement of this aspect of the Agreement came from Colm McCarthy on a TV interview 12 months or so ago. Congratulations to the Minister for having the courage to end the absurdity. At this rate I might have to question the idea that Ireland is likely to slide more and more into the fiscal hands of official funders over the next few years until finally the Germans start governing the country to their standards and expectations. More handy numbers for the boys and girls! All that is required is one ‘Czar’ plus a few helpers to implement the full McCarthy report for starters – and then get down to the real cost-cutting stuff! IMF/ECB please note! The job specification reads…. your hands will be tied and you must remember you are on probation, if you try to be original or radical and cause too much reform, you will not be offered a further 4 years on your contract. It is a total joke, a job for an insider who will remain an insider, the man whom he must report to is probably the very person he/she needs to get rid of first. It is a toothless, well paid quango and it has been designed carefully to to fail miserably, once again. It is sad that key downloaded documents still come with vague titles such as “Revised information booklet.doc” It could be confused with new prison visiting rules. It is also a shame that the CSO seems wedded to portrait rather than landscape format making many tables difficult to absorb quickly from a laptop screen. Using a tactic that is as old as Government itself. Create a new department and staff it with employees on probation. Aren’t we the efficient and effective ones. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, problem solved. The bureaucracy has to be expanded we are not spending enough. Comments are closed.