The Social Policy and Public Service Reform Division supports the Taoiseach on social policy and public service reform and related matters, including the work of Cabinet Committee B (social policy and public service reform), Cabinet Committee E (health matters) and Cabinet Committee G (justice and equality); supports the Civil Service Renewal programme, including the Civil Service Management Board; and has the Departmental oversight role for the National Economic and Social Council.
The role of the Programme for Government Office is to monitor the implementation of the commitments contained in the Programme for Government (PfG) across all Departments. The Office also ensures that all Departmental Strategy Statements reflect the PfG commitments which that Department is responsible for.
An Annual Report is published on the anniversary of the Government formation, setting out the progress across Government made towards meeting those commitments and reflecting the priorities for the coming year.
The Government Information Service (GIS) has responsibility to streamline, simplify and implement best practice in government communications.
It supports clear citizen-focused communications when the Government is communicating or delivering a service. This will lead to more co-ordinated and cost-effective communications, which will generate efficiencies and better value for money.
The Corporate Affairs Division is responsible for delivering:
and other support services to the Department of the Taoiseach and its staff within a robust governance framework.
The Corporate Affairs Division also seeks to identify opportunities to improve business processes, communications and information flows across the department and with its internal and external customers.
The Internal Audit Unit provides assurance to the Accounting Officer on the adequacy and effectiveness of the department’s system of internal controls.
The unit operates as a resource for departmental and divisional managers through its analysis and appraisal of departmental controls systems.
In its reports, the unit makes recommendations to management based on best practice. The unit also acts in an advisory capacity to projects under development to ensure the adequacy of control measures.