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  1. August 19, 2014

    MPs recommend stronger powers over big projects

    By Sarah Neville Whitehall’s major projects watchdog needs stronger powers to halt or change failing programmes and more...

  2. August 18, 2014

    UK business chiefs turn down new Whitehall post

    Whitehall is struggling to recruit its first chief executive, with several business leaders having turned down approaches...

  1. August 10, 2014

    Troubleshooter warns of lack of critical skills in Whitehall

    Whitehall lacks “critical skills” required to execute big projects and is trying to deliver many more large programmes...

  2. August 10, 2014

    Civil service to ‘get serious’ about big projects

    The government has turned to one of the world’s leading business schools as it seeks to build a new cadre of civil servants...

  3. August 6, 2014

    Senior civil servant Stephen Kelly to head Sage

    One of the leaders of a drive to bring business-style efficiency into the British civil service has stepped down, sparking...

  4. August 1, 2014

    MPs accuse Whitehall of failing to protect whistleblowers

    Whitehall departments and other public bodies have failed to prevent whistleblowers from being victimised, and some have...

  5. July 28, 2014

    Whitehall chief must have private sector background, says advert

    The person appointed as Whitehall’s first “chief executive” must have a boardroom background and could be paid more than the...

  6. July 22, 2014

    Francis Maude accused by Labour of ‘bashing’ civil service

    Civil service bashing has led to the worst crisis in Whitehall morale in living memory, according to Labour, which attacked...

  7. July 16, 2014

    Maude urges Whitehall mandarins to give ‘candid’ advice

    The civil service is more hierarchical than the military, Francis Maude has suggested, as he urged Whitehall officials to...

  8. July 15, 2014

    Heywood expands Whitehall power base

    Britain’s most influential mandarin, Sir Jeremy Heywood, is taking the additional job of running the civil service,...

  9. July 15, 2014

    Bob Kerslake out in civil service reshuffle

    David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle has extended to the civil service, whose head Sir Bob Kerslake is stepping down after only...

  10. July 11, 2014

    Sir Humphrey is a servant who behaves like a duke

    In David Cameron’s early weeks as prime minister, his office instructed civil servants to begin publishing detailed data on...

  11. July 6, 2014

    Top mandarins clash with ministers on Whitehall reform

    Three of Britain’s most powerful civil servants have clashed with ministers on Whitehall reforms, exposing simmering...

  12. June 30, 2014

    Senior civil servant calls for more assertiveness in Whitehall

    One of Whitehall’s most senior officials has intervened in the debate over reform by urging civil servants to be “assertive”...

  13. June 12, 2014

    Lord Browne urges Whitehall to weigh project risks

    Whitehall departments need to carry out rigorous, private sector-style assessments before taking on potentially risky...

  14. June 5, 2014

    Civil servants lack skills for big projects says Whitehall chief

    Civil servants often lack the skills to execute and deliver big projects, such as universal credit, says the new head of...

  15. May 23, 2014

    UK Whitehall projects worth £500bn at risk of failure

    Successful delivery of about one in five government projects, including new aircraft carriers and the HS2 high-speed rail...

  16. May 13, 2014

    Treasury official promoted as first Whitehall finance chief

    Whitehall’s first “chief financial officer” is to be a Treasury official who is already doing half the new job, it emerged...

  17. May 7, 2014

    Run-up to election threatens Whitehall impartiality

    Civil servants are being pressed to provide information to ministers from one side of the coalition without informing the...

  18. May 4, 2014

    Internal candidate emerges as Whitehall ‘chief financial officer’

    Whitehall has chosen a civil servant as the first finance chief in charge of its £700bn coffers, dashing hopes that a...

  19. March 28, 2014

    Former Whitehall ‘spad’ reveals how ministers are kept in dark

    A former ministerial aide has lifted the lid on the shadowy world of Whitehall special advisers, revealing the ways in which...

  20. March 26, 2014

    Strong leadership needed to drive cuts, ministers told

    Ministers will be unable to drive through further deep public spending cuts after the general election unless the Treasury...

  21. March 14, 2014

    A better deal for Britain’s taxpayers

    Britain’s private providers of public services have hardly covered themselves in glory. In the run-up to the 2012 London...

  22. March 14, 2014

    MPs demand tighter outsourcing controls

    Civil servants failed to spot problems on a series of botched outsourcing contracts, meaning scandals involving suppliers...

  23. March 6, 2014

    Tagging supplier Buddi quits MoJ deal

    Plans to replace outsourcing giants G4S and Serco as suppliers of electronic tagging equipment for offenders have collapsed...

  24. March 3, 2014

    Hunt for finance chief to rule mandarins nears end

    The Treasury is sifting candidates for a Whitehall post along the lines of a chief financial officer with the aim of...

  25. March 3, 2014

    More clout needed for Sir Humphrey

    Britain has long prided itself on having one of the best civil services in the world. But since the last general election in...

  26. February 5, 2014

    UK Cabinet Office ‘nudge’ team to be spun off into private group

    Ministers are poised to launch one of the biggest experiments in British public sector reform when they move a Cabinet...

  27. January 28, 2014

    Whitehall fails to release details of top civil servants’ performance

    Whitehall has failed to release any information about how well top civil servants have performed against their objectives,...

  28. January 13, 2014

    Lift pay caps to woo business talent, says civil service chief

    Higher salaries should be on offer to attract business leaders into the civil service and tackle a dearth of top level...

  29. December 19, 2013

    Whitehall struggles to keep up with business of outsourcing

    For some it is the Big Society; for others “doing more with less”. Whatever the slogan, the notion that removing the dead...

  30. December 15, 2013

    Treasury on hunt in boardrooms for Whitehall finance chief

    The Treasury is poised to scour the nation’s boardrooms as it searches for a new finance chief able to inject...

  31. December 11, 2013

    We can’t go on like this – it’s time to reform the civil service

    I admit it, the House of Commons liaison committee does not sound like much, but we are not an uninfluential bunch – it is...

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