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    1. October 15, 2014

      PM wins battle for final say on top civil service posts

      The prime minister is to be given the final choice on the appointment of the most senior civil servants, in a reform that...

    2. October 6, 2014

      Whitehall ruffled by Michael Gove move to join weekly meetings

      Michael Gove has broken with protocol by deciding to attend a weekly gathering of the most senior civil servants, dubbed...

    1. October 2, 2014

      Former BP man secures role as Whitehall’s first chief executive

      John Manzoni, a former BP executive who recently joined the civil service, has been chosen as Whitehall’s first chief...

    2. October 1, 2014

      Equiniti takes controlling stake in Whitehall pensions body

      A private company has taken a controlling stake in the organisation that administers the UK civil service pension scheme, as...

    3. September 26, 2014

      Outgoing Whitehall head pushes corporate model for civil service

      A fundamental restructuring of Whitehall will be needed to cope with a further round of cuts, the outgoing head of the civil...

    4. September 14, 2014

      Sir Ian Cheshire rejects offer of top Whitehall job

      Sir Ian Cheshire has become the latest senior business person to reject an approach to become the chief executive of...

    5. September 4, 2014

      Whitehall aims to ban all-male shortlists for senior jobs

      All-male shortlists and selection panels for senior UK civil service jobs will be banned in all but exceptional...

    6. August 26, 2014

      Timetable slip delivers further blow to UK government IT projects

      Sweeping plans for Whitehall departments to share back-office services are running behind schedule in the latest blow to the...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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”...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. February 2, 2014

      Former oil executive to lead big projects watchdog

      John Manzoni, former head of refining and marketing at BP, has been appointed to head the Major Projects Authority, the...

    36. 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,...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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