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Significant redeployment has taken place in response to the overall reduction in public service numbers. Examples include redeployment of 700 FAS staff and more than 1,000 Community Welfare Officers from the HSE to the Department of Social Protection.
Departments are rationalizing their offices and services, examples include the rationalization of Court venues and the local office re-organisation in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.
The National Procurement Service in the OPW now has 50 national framework agreements and contracts in place for high spend requirements with a value of €460m.
In the area of shared services, a HR Shared Service Centre for the civil service is being established. This has the potential to save approximately €12.5m per year when fully established. Also, Departments and Offices are putting in place shared service arrangements in relation to IT, Finance and other services.
The Top Level Appointments Committee has been reconstituted with an external chair and a majority of external members. There is now open competition for positions at the highest levels in the Civil Service, including at the levels of Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General.
The programme of rationalisation and restructuring of state agencies is continuing. For example, Teagasc is implementing a Change Programme which includes reducing the number of its advisory offices. Also, the National Building Agency ceased operation in June 2011 and its operations were transferred to the Housing Agency.
Bank Time has been eliminated and Privilege Days have been abolished.