Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

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Department of
Public Expenditure and Reform
Department overview
Formed 6 July 2011
Jurisdiction Ireland
Headquarters Government Buildings,
Merrion Street, Dublin 2
53°20′21″N 6°15′13″W / 53.33917°N 6.25361°W / 53.33917; -6.25361
Minister responsible Brendan Howlin, TD,
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
Department executive Robert Watt,
Secretary General
Website www.per.gov.ie

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Irish: An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe) is a department of the Government of Ireland. It is led by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform who is assisted by one Minister of State.

The Department was established in July 2011.[1] The Department took over the functions of Public Expenditure from the Department of Finance. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is responsible for overseeing the reform of the Public Sector. The Comprehensive Expenditure Report 2012–14 set a spending ceiling for the department of €837 million for the year 2013, and €826 million for the year 2014.[2]

Departmental team[edit]

The headquarters and ministerial offices of the department are in Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin 2. The departmental team consists of the following:

Overview[edit]

The Department took over two of the six divisions within the Department of Finance. They are:

  • Public Expenditure Division – to establish and review short-term and medium-term current and capital public expenditure targets
  • Organisation, Management and Training Division – has overall responsibility for the management and development of the civil service

The Department currently has 9 divisions:[3]

  • Expenditure Policy Evaluation & Management
  • Expenditure Policy & State Assets
  • Expenditure Policy Lottery/EU/Internal Audit
  • Remuneration and Industrial Relations
  • Government Reform & Civil Service HR
  • CMOD & eGovernment
  • Public Service Reform and Delivery
  • Procurement
  • Human Resources

Functions[edit]

The functions of the Department are set out in the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2011 which transfers to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the functions of the Minister for Finance relating to public expenditure, public service pay etc., and public service modernisation.[4]

The Act is supplemented by two orders, the Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (SI No. 418 of 2011) which transfers a large number of specific statutory functions from Finance to the Department,[5] and the Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) (No. 2) Order 2011 (SI No. 480 of 2011) which adds a limited further list to the statutory functions transferred.[6] In addition, in 2012 the Statute Law Revision Programme was transferred to the Department from the Office of the Attorney General.[7]

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