An innovative model of governance is in place to oversee implementation of the actions in Our Public Service 2020. A new Public Service Leadership Board (PSLB) was constituted in March 2018 to provide the collective leadership required. This body, with Secretary General/CEO level participation drawn from the Civil Service Management Board and representatives from a broad range of public service organisations, meets on a quarterly basis.
To promote shared ownership right across the public service, both civil service and public service leaders and managers are, for the first time, directly involved in the public service reform governance structures. The PSLB provides overall leadership and is supported by the Public Service Management Group (PSMG). PSMG membership comprises Assistant Secretaries and equivalents from across the civil and public service. The PSMG meets in advance of each PSLB meeting. Both meet quarterly.
Each of the actions of Our Public Service is progressed by an Action Team. Action Teams comprise sectoral experts led by a member of the Public Service Leadership Board and sponsored by a member of the Public Service Management Group. Action Teams are established as actions are selected for prioritisation.
Programme Management Office at Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
The Our Public Service Programme Management Office (PMO) and the Public Service Reform Evaluation Unit (REU) in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) are responsible for coordinating and enabling oversight of the implementation of Our Public Service. The PMO also provides the secretariat to the PSLB and the PSMG.
The Sectoral Programme Management Offices liaise with the Our Public Service Programme Management Office and the Public Service Reform Evaluation Unit on behalf of their sectors in the development and monitoring of the Our Public Service Sectoral Implementation Plans.