Machinery of government
The Taoiseach has announced a number of organisational changes that the government believe will support more effective execution of government policy in the current economic environment. By joining various parts of government that were previously distinct, the intention is to create a more efficient model that will support the country’s economic requirements in this age of austerity. Successfully delivering these organisational changes will be key to achieving the governments objectives.
The UK government has a long history of organisational change – effecting 90 re-organisations between May 2005 and June 2009 at a gross cost of £200M. The recently released National Audit Office report has made a series of recommendations arising from its review of these re-organisations intended to address the clear and serious risks to value for money inherent in these changes. Some of its recommendations relate to:
• ensuring that any re-organisation is treated like a project;
• previous re-organisation experience is used to guide the integration, and
• a business case is required to enable benefits realisation.
Deloitte Ireland partner Harry Goddard adds: "The UK has considerable experience in undertaking government re-organisation. Please download below a useful white paper which my colleagues in the UK have created on successfully delivering changes in government structures".