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Assistant Secretary for Social Policy, Public Service Reform, Government Information Service and Corporate Affairs

From: Department of the Taoiseach

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) and Cabinet Committee E (health matters); supports the Civil Service Renewal programme, including the Civil Service Management Board and the Civil Service Accountability Board; and has the Departmental oversight role for the National Economic and Social Council.

The Division incorporates the Programme for Government Office which monitors and reports on progress.

The Government Information Service (GIS) has responsibility to streamline, simplify and implement best practice in Government communications. It supports clear citizen-focused communications in order to ensure that it is evident when the Government of Ireland is communicating or delivering a service - leading to more coordinated and cost-effective communications that will generate efficiencies and increased value for money.

Corporate Affairs Division is responsible for delivering financial, procurement & travel management; human resources; ICT; accommodation and other support services to the Department of the Taoiseach and its staff within a robust governance framework. 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.

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.

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