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 Post subject: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:00 pm 
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Right, I'm seeing far too many new quangos being proposed, despite all the assurances from FG that 145 were to be abolished/merged.

So I've compiled a list of all new/proposed quangos v abolished (already or proposed) since the FG/Labour came into Gov.

New Quangos

1. Irish Water (falling under ESB)
2. The Insolvency Service of Ireland
3. Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board (4 year lifespan from late 2012/early 2013)
4. Property Services Regulatory Authority
5. Property Services Appeals Board
6. The office of Regulator of the National Lottery
7. Planning Regulator
8. Irish Maritime Administration
9. National Oversight and Audit Commission for Local Government (NOAC) (see pg 22)
10. Office of Government Chief
Information Officer (OGCIO)
(see pg 9)
11. Water Services Transition Office
12. Central Debt Collection Agency (proposed)


New/Proposed Divisions within Departments
1. Children and Family Services (falling under HSE) Established on 1 January 2014
2. Peoplepoint - The Human Resources and Pensions Shared Service Centre (falling under Dept of Public Expenditure & Reform)
3. Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (set up by D/PER)
4. Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council
5. National Procurement Office / Office of Government Procurement) (see pg 14)
6. Civil Service Payroll Shared Services
7. Civil Service Financial Management Shared Services and Banking Shared Services
8. Fiscal Advisory Council (falling under Dept of Finance)
9. Credit Union Restructuring Board (falling under Dept of Finance)
10. NewERA (falling under Dept of Finance)
11. National Expert Advisory Body on Climate Change (falling under Dept of Environment, with offices in the EPA premises)
12. The Healthcare Commissioning Agency (falling under Health/HSE)
13. Patient Safety Agency (falling under Health/HSE)
14. Pensions Council (falling under Social Protection)

(There are a few more proposed. Anyone recall them?)


Quangos to be Abolished/Merged
Total = 88
[of which to be Abolished and now Completed as of 14 Jan 2014: 34]
[of which partially completed as of 14 Jan 2014: 49]
[of which to be an Administrative/Operational Change and now Completed as of 14 January 2014: 0]
[of which to be an Administrative/Operational Change and partially completed as of 14 January 2014: 4]
[of which NOT proceeding after all as of 14 Jan 2014: 1]

The Public Service Reform Plan, Nov 2011 provided a list of Bodies to be Rationalised, Amalgamated or Abolished in 2012

[Latest updatse per D/PER (31 Oct 2012 and 14 Jan 2014) on actions taken to date are in brackets.]

1. (Net No. abolished = 2) Amalgamation of FETAC, HETAC & NQAI [Update: Completed. Critical Review report here]
2. (Net No. abolished = 17) Reduce Number of VECs from 33 to 16. [Update: Completed]
3. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology & Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science into consolidated single council under HEA. [Update: Merger completed March 2012]
4. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Competition Authority & National Consumer Agency. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014. Draft Heads of Bill approved and due before Dáil.]
5. (Net No. abolished = 4) Rationalise Labour Court, Labour Relations Commission, Employment Appeals Tribunal, National Employment Rights Authority, and Equality Tribunal into single agency. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014. Significant progress made to date on new two tier-model. General scheme of Bill approved by Government.]
6. (Net No. abolished = 1) Establish the scope to merge Forfás into the Department. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014. An Executive style Board has been put in place in Forfás to oversee merger.]
7. (Net No. abolished = 35) Review of City and County Enterprise Boards. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014. Primary legislation required. Implementation group established.]
8. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Local Government Management Service Board & Local Government Computer Services Board into Local Government Management Agency. [Update: Completed. Local Government Management Agency established in August 2012.]
9. (Net No. abolished = 2) Merge Limerick Northside and Limerick Southside Regeneration Agency into Limerick Local Authorities. [Update: Completed in July 2012.]
10. (Net No. abolished = 1) An Comhairle Leabharlanna (Library Council) to be subsumed into an existing public body. [Update: Completed. Provided for in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.]
11. (Net No. abolished = 1) Comhar (Sustainable Development Council) to be integrated into the National Economic & Social Council (NESC). [Update: Completed January 2012.]
12. (Net No. abolished = 2) Interim Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency to incorporate the functions of the Affordable Homes Partnership, National Building Agency and Centre for Housing Research. [Update: Completed. Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency established in August 2012.]
13. (Net No. abolished = 1) Discontinue Dormant Accounts Board. [Update: Completed.]
14. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Commission on Public Service Appointments with Ombudsman Office. [Update: Completed.]
15. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge the National Council for Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery into An Bord Altranais. [Update: Completed]
16. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Opticians Board into Health and Social Care Professionals Council. [Update: Working Group advancing proposal. Work ongoing in 2014 pending legislation.]
17. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge National Cancer Registry Board into HSE. [Decision: NOT Proceeding]
18. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Equality Authority and Human Rights Commission to new Human Rights & Equality Commission. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014 pending legislation. Enabling Bill was to be published by end 2012. Further Article May 2013 here
19. (Net No. abolished = 2) Combine Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland, while retaining separate identities. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014 pending legislation. Framework for Co-operation & Improved Services agreed.]
20. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge National Archives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission into the National Library while maintaining separate identities. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. In order to achieve the greatest possible savings and efficiencies, it was decided that these rationalisation measures would be best implemented by deploying the existing National Archives (NAI) governance model to the National Library (NLI) and the National Museum (NMI). This will be put into effect on an administrative basis pending enactment of enabling legislation.]
21. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge functions of Language Commissioner with Ombudsman Office. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014 pending legislation. Being advanced alongside other Ombudsman related measures.]
22. (Net No. abolished = 1) National Library and National Museum- Department to examine the issue of shared services & the Board structure of both Bodies. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. See 20 above.]
23. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge National Roads Authority with Railway Procurement Agency. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014 pending legislation. Target was to publish Bill by end 2012 with statutory merger to take place in 2013.]
24. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Irish Aviation Authority with the Commission for Aviation Regulation. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. It has been agreed that a restructuring of two agencies as opposed to a merger should take place. This restructuring will take place by end 2014.]
25. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merger of National Sports Campus Development Authority with the Irish Sports Council in 2013. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014. Draft General Scheme of Bill was to be submitted to Government by end 2012 with a view to give effect to merger in 2013.]
26. (Net No. abolished = 1) Review role of Shannon Development (Tourism) and possible merger of functions into Fáilte Ireland. [Update: Competed]
27. (Net No. abolished = 1) Review role of Dublin Regional Tourism Authority and consider possible merger of functions into Fáilte Ireland. [Update: Completed January 2012.]
28. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Civil Defence Board into Department. [Update: Completed.]
29. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge the Digital Hub Development Authority with Enterprise Ireland/IDA. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014 pending legislation. A review on proposed merger found that Dublin City Council would be a better merger partner for DHDA. The merger will be implemented on an administrative basis by end-year with necessary legislation to be progressed in 2013.]
30. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge back-office functions of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children into the Ombudsman/Information Commissioner’s Office. [Update: Work ongoing in 2014. Shared services model to be implemented.]
31. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Family Support Agency into New Child & Family support Agency by 2013. [Update: Completed.]

There was also a list of Candidate Bodies for Critical Review by end June 2012
Total = c. 124
[of which to be Abolished and now Completed as of 14 January 2014: 5]
[of which to be an Administrative/Operational Change and now Completed as of 14 January 2014: 1]
[of which to be an Administrative/Operational Change and partially completed as of 14 January 2014: 1]
[of which partially completed as of 14 Jan 2014: c. 99]
[of which NOT proceeding after all as of 14 Jan 2014: 18]

This tranche was due for originally decision by 30 June 2012. A decision was finally announced on Oct 31st 2012, with a further progress update 14 Jan 2014.

1. (Net No. abolished = 1) National Milk Agency - Abolish or merge with Bord Bia. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Critical Review report here]
2. (Net No. abolished = 1) Irish Maritime Development Office - Subsume into the Marine Institute. [Decision: Due to be implemented by 31 Dec 2013]
3. (Net No. abolished = 1) Bord Iascaigh Mhara (B.I.M.) - Transfer functions into the Department. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Critical Review report here]
4. (Net No. abolished = 1. Administrative/Operational Change) Commission for Communication Regulation - Merge back-office administrative functions with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. [Decision: Work ongoing in 2014]
5. (Net No. abolished = 1) Expert Group on Future Skills Needs - Absorb into Department. [Decision: Work ongoing in 2014]
6. (Net No. abolished = 1) National Education and Welfare Board - Review role of NE&WB in the context of the establishment of the new Child & Family Support Agency. [Decision: Critical Review report here] Completed. New Child and Family Agency Established on 1 January 2014
7. (Net No. abolished = 1) Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation - Absorb into Department. [Decision: Work ongoing in 2014]
8. (Net No. abolished = 1) National Competitiveness Council - Absorb into Department. [Decision: Work ongoing in 2014]
9. (Net No. abolished = 1) Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government - Examine absorbing into Science Foundation Ireland. [Decision: Completed Q3 2012]
10. (Net No. abolished = 1) Shannon Development - Review future role of Shannon Development in the context of the Mid West Taskforce Report. [Decision: Due to be implemented by 31 Dec 2013]
11. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Environmental Protection Agency and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland. [Decision: Work ongoing in 2014]
12. (Net No. abolished = 83) Local Authorities - On-going rationalisation of Local Authorities structures. [Decision: Announced Oct 16 2012. Going from 114 to 41 City & County Councils. No firm timeline given for completion. Work ongoing in 2014] http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/L ... 310,en.pdf
13. (Net No. abolished = 1) Local Government Audit Service - Merge in the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General. [Decision: NOT Proceeding]
14. (Net No. abolished = 1) Building Regulations Advisory Body - Absorb into Department. [Decision: Due to be implemented by 31 Dec 2013]
15. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge National Development Finance Agency in to OPW/National Procurement Service. [Decision: Delayed. Work onoing in 2014]
16. (Net No. abolished = 2) Merge the Valuation Office, the Property Registration Authority and Ordnance Survey. [Decision: Critical Review report here.] Work ongoing in 2014.
17. (Net No. abolished = 1) Disciplinary Code of Appeals Board and the Independent Mediator - Abolish /Merge with new employment rights body. [Decision: NOT Proceeding - Critical Review here]
18. (Net No. abolished = 1) Merge Forensic Science Laboratory into State Laboratory. [Decision: Cricial review report here] Was due to be implemented by 31 Dec 2013. However, a working group to implement this decision will only be convened in 2014.
19. (Net No. abolished = 1) Development Education Advisory Committee - Role should be reviewed as part of review of 2006 White Paper on ODA included in Programme for Government. [Decision: Completed Q3 2013]
20. (Net No. abolished = 2?) NESC - Abolish / disband along with the other bodies in the group (NESDO) having regard to the duplication of functions with the ESRI and the economic advisory role of the new Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. [Decision: NOT Proceeding]
21. (Net No. abolished = 1) Mental Health Commission - Absorb into Patient Safety Authority. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Deferred due to external developments.]
22. (Net No. abolished = 1) National Paediatric Hospital Development Board - Dependent on outcome of decision on hospital. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Deferred due to external developments.]
23. (Net No. abolished = 0) Health Information and Quality Authority - The Programme for Government envisages the creation of a Patient Safety Authority incorporating HIQA with a licensing role. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Deferred due to external developments.]
24. (Net No. abolished = 0) National Treatment Purchase Fund - a new Hospital Care Purchase Agency will combine with the National Treatment Purchase Fund as part of the transition to a universal health insurance model. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Deferred due to external developments.]
25. (Net No. abolished = 1) Health Insurance Authority - Future to be considered in context of proposed move to a system of Universal Health Care. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Deferred due to external developments.]
26. (Net No. abolished = 1) Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council. - Merge into Health and Social Care Professionals Council. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Deferred due to external developments.]
27. (Net No. abolished = 1) Property Services Regulation Authority - Merge with the Private Residential Tenancy Board. [Decision: NOT Proceeding.]
28. (Net No. abolished = 2) Reception and Integration Agency, Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner & Refugee Appeals Tribunal - Rationalise various Refugee Structures. [Decision: Work ongoing in 2014]
29. (Net No. abolished = 1) Office of the Data Protection Commissioner - Amalgamate with the Office of the Ombudsman. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Deferred due to external developments.]
30. (Net No. abolished = 1. Administrative/Operational Change) Prison Visiting Committees - Reduce or merge Visiting Committees as there is now a Prison Inspectorate. [Decision: Work ongoing in 2014]
31. (Net No. abolished = 1) Subsume Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests into proposed Office of the Charities Regulator. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Deferred due to external developments.]
32. (Net No. abolished = 1) Medical Bureau of Road Safety - Merge with State Laboratory. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Critical Review report here]
33. (Net No. abolished = 2) Railway Safety Commission - Amalgamate as part of establishing a single transport safety body comprising Road Safety Authority, Railway Safety Commission, and the Maritime Safety Directorate. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Critical Review Report here]
34. (Net No. abolished = 1. Administrative/Operational Change changes only) Chester Beatty Library - Potential for shared service with other cultural institutions. [Decision: Critical Review report here.] Completed Q1 2013.
35. (Net No. abolished = 1) Placenames Commission / An Choimisiúin Logainmneacha - Absorb function within Department. [Decision: Critical Review report here.] Completed Q4 2012.
36. (Net No. abolished = 1) Heritage Council - Merge the functions of the Council into Department. [Decision: NOT Proceeding. Critical Review report here]
37. (Net No. abolished = 1) Culture Ireland - Merge the functions of Culture Ireland into Department. [Decision: Critical Review report here.] Completed Q1 2013.
38. (Net No. abolished = 1) Pensions Board - Integrate regulatory functions with the Financial Regulator. [Decision: Delayed. Review ongoing as part of wider reviews. Critical Review report here]
39. (Net No. abolished = 1) Pensions Ombudsman - Merge with the Financial Services Ombudsman. [Decision: Delayed. Work ongoing in 2014. Critical Review report here]
40. (Net No. abolished = 1) Formally merge the Companies Registration Office and the Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies. [Decision: NOT Proceeding.]

A Summary of agency rationalisation measures as at end Q3 2014 was published 5/11/14
A 2nd progress report for the 2011 Reform Plan was released 14 Jan 2014
as was as new Reform Plan 2014-2016
->these reports led to an Action Plan, which gives Q3 2014 as a deadline for rationalisation of State Agencies.

The report states
Quote:
To date, rationalisation and amalgamation measures involving 44 bodies have been fully implemented. This includes, for example, the enactment of the Education and Training Boards Act in May 2013 which provided for the establishment of sixteen Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on 1 July, 2013 to replace the existing thirty three Vocational Education Committees. ETBs now have an expanded role in the delivery of further education and training across the country. In addition, SOLAS, the new further education and training authority, was established in October 2013 and FÁS has been dissolved.

Measures involving a further 63 bodies are at advanced legislative or administrative stages. Further measures, involving 109 bodies identified from the critical review process undertaken in 2012, are also being implemented.


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 Post subject: Re: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:36 pm 
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I'm not sure you could call People Point a new quango. It's an amalgamation of existing functions and will be staffed by serving civil servants.


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 Post subject: Re: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:13 pm 
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TheJackal wrote:
2. New quango Authority on Children’s Rights (anyone know official name? Edit: Is is Children and Family Services, falling under HSE?)
Someone posted some stats (jxbr maybe?) recently that included Children and Family services on a separate budgetary column.


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 Post subject: Re: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:11 pm 
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Where is the evidence that limited progress has been made in abolishing/ merging quangos?

I know from my own line of work that, numbers 3, 8, 9 (in fact both agencies have been abolished), 11 and 12 from your first have completed.

Can't comment on the rest because I never have had any contact win these agencies.


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 Post subject: Re: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
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#3 is done see http://www.research.ie/.
#1 is very close also from what I hear.


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 Post subject: Re: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
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I believe No 27(Dublin Tourism) is done, and there have been some moves on Shannon


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 Post subject: Re: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:37 pm 
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mocame wrote:
Where is the evidence that limited progress has been made in abolishing/ merging quangos?

I know from my own line of work that, numbers 3, 8, 9 (in fact both agencies have been abolished), 11 and 12 from your first have completed.

Can't comment on the rest because I never have had any contact win these agencies.


Fair comment. I should have said most have not made strong progress to date.

The second list, which was due June 2012, seems very slow to take hold. Deadline is well missed and I'd say t will be 2013 before a decision is made on these, with most staying put for practicable reasons


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 Post subject: Re: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
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Public sector sick-pay bill and quangos face squeeze

http://www.independent.ie/national-news ... 32447.html

Only briefly mentions quangos, namely

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In a letter sent to all the members of the Cabinet, Mr Kenny also said he wanted to see if there were any other quangos that could be abolished to save money.


Well if you got rid of all those listed above you'd have done a great term in office


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 Post subject: Re: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
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or at the very least outsource IT, payroll, HR to the mother ship departments.

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 Post subject: Re: FG/Labour Gov- List of New & Abolished Quangos
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Just spotted this from Sep 6th 2012, which gives update on the Nov 2011 plan:

Progress on the implementation of the Government’s Public Service Reform Plan

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46 State Agency rationalisation proposals are being critically reviewed by Departments. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is considering the reviews received to date by Departments. Following this consideration, the Minister intends to bring a Memorandum to Government requesting a decision on how best to proceed with the implementation of the rationalisation programme 48 other measures are being implemented with a deadline of end 2012.


These reviews (of the 46 on the Maybe list) were due to DPER from the Depts/quangos by end of June 2012. So DPER is saying it has only received some of these reviews to date, despite the Depts get 8 months notice to have it done (Nov 2011 to June 2012).

It would appear the 48 others (on the definite list), are still due to go by Dec 2012. I cannot see this deadline being met by the majority of them.


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