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Organisation Information

Corporate Governance Framework

Published: 13 December 2018
From: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

The Governance Framework of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform implements the corporate governance standard for the civil service.

The chapters of the framework are set out in five sections.

Good governance:

  • supports a culture and ethos that ensures behaviour with integrity, a strong commitment to ethical values, and respect for the law
  • helps to define priorities and outcomes. It determines the policies necessary to achieve sustainable economic and societal benefits. This means implementing good practices in transparency, reporting, communications and audit
  • means developing the abilities of the leadership team, management and staff of the Department
  • means managing risks and performance through internal control systems and effective performance management practices
  • ensures openness, effective public consultation processes and all aspects of engagement with domestic and international stakeholders

The objective of the Governance Framework is to ensure that the Department's systems of accountability and responsibility, and compliance arrangements, are effective, clear and identifiable. It is intended as a guide for everyone in the Department, and for those we serve, on how we do our work.

It also sets out our standards of conduct, our values and the governance systems that determine the way that we work.

The Governance Framework was first published in May 2016. To ensure that it remains up-to-date, it has been reviewed, updated and re-published on a number of occasions, most recently in July 2019. The Framework will be kept under ongoing review and updated accordingly from time to time. It will be formally reviewed again at the end of 2019.

Corporate Governance Framework

The chapters of this framework are set out in five sections that reflect the structure of the overall Governance Standard for the Civil Service and its five governance principles.