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Strict new anti-graft code for European commissioners

The president of the European Commission has tightened up the code of conduct for its officials, in a bid to raise ethical standards and police the border between lobbyists and commission officials. Jean-Claude Juncker announced the new code, which is subject to approval by the European Parliament, in his 2017 State of the Union address […]

UK cabinet secretary defends civil service against ‘wholly inaccurate’ attack by former minister

The head of the UK’s civil service has defended its progress on implementing key reforms following a critical speech by former Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. Sir Jeremy Heywood spoke out after Lord Maude accused the service of “institutional complacency” and a “bias to inertia” in a speech given last week as part of a […]

Oliver Robbins, now heading up the Brexit unit in the Cabinet Office, moved to the Home Office last year, from his previous role as the UK's DG for civil service reform in the Cabinet Office

UK PM takes direct charge of EU negotiation team from Brexit department

The key civil servant managing Britain’s Brexit negotiations has moved into a new role reporting to prime minister Theresa May, in a move that will strengthen Number 10’s control of the Brexit process whilst weakening the influence of Brexit secretary David Davis. The change comes days before May sets out her views on the Brexit […]

Australian civil service chiefs in major reshuffle

The departure of two departmental heads has led to a significant reshuffle at the top of the civil service in Australia, with most departments getting new bosses. The shake-up was due to the resignations of Dr Gordon de Brouwer as the secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy, and Martin Bowles as the […]

Former UK Treasury chief urges honesty on Brexit

The UK government is failing to explain the realities of Brexit negotiations to the public, the former permanent secretary to the UK Treasury has warned. Lord Macpherson, who was the top Treasury official for 11 years from 2005 to 2016, said last week: “I feel passionately that this is an area that needs leadership: someone […]

UK civil service urged to step up professionalism reforms

A report has called for a “greater sense of urgency” around ongoing reforms to the UK civil service to ensure it has a “fighting chance” of handling the growing pressures it faces. In a study published last week, London-based think tank the Institute for Government said the progress Whitehall has made in professionalising core government […]

Malaysian anti-corruption agency calls for tough new laws

Civil servants who lose public money through negligence or unethical practice should face criminal charges, according to a government agency charged with tackling corruption in Malaysia. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) told Malaysian daily newspaper the Sun Daily that the existing law addressing misconduct by officials – the General Orders and Public Services Act, under […]

Janice Charette, Canadian High Commissioner to the UK: Exclusive Interview

Former Canadian civil service chief Janice Charette now represents her country at the Court of St James, serving as High Commissioner to the UK. Tania Mason learns about her career, her new job, and the challenges of moving from the centre of government to its overseas outposts As one of a tiny handful of women […]

White House federal IT plan details revamp of ‘outdated’ system

A report ordered by President Donald Trump has set out recommendations for an overhaul of the “unwieldy and out-of-date” US federal IT system, in part to address today’s heightened cybersecurity threats. The report published, last week by the American Technology Council (ACT) and the Office of American Innovation (OAI), outlines the current and envisioned state […]

Canada tops gender equality ranking – but Australia gaining fast

Canada has topped a league table ranking G20 countries by the proportion of women amongst their senior civil servants, with a 46.4% figure that puts it 3.3 points ahead of second-placed Australia. However, Australia’s 3.2 point growth over the year puts it on course to overtake Canada, which added just 0.3 points over the year. […]

Glass ceiling beginning to crack in upper echelons of many countries’ civil services

New research reveals huge disparity in gender equality among top officials across the G20 and EU, but the overall trend is positive. Tania Mason highlights the countries making progress on women leaders – and those with a long way to go Just two years ago, there was not a single woman in the topmost grades […]

Women Leaders Index Gender Equality Case Study: Italy

Every country has a different story to tell on women leaders in the civil service. Interviewing experts on the findings of our Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of female senior civil servants, national politicians and business leaders in G20 and EU member states – we’ve examined the agenda’s achievements and the remaining […]

Women Leaders Index Gender Equality Case Study: Mexico

Every country has a different story to tell on women leaders in the civil service. Interviewing experts on the findings of our Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of female senior civil servants, national politicians and business leaders in G20 and EU member states – we’ve examined the agenda’s achievements and the remaining […]

Women Leaders Index Gender Equality Case Study: Turkey

Every country has a different story to tell on women leaders in the civil service. Interviewing experts on the findings of our Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of female senior civil servants, national politicians and business leaders in G20 and EU member states – we’ve examined the agenda’s achievements and the remaining […]

Women Leaders Index Gender Equality Case Study: UK

Every country has a different story to tell on women leaders in the civil service. Interviewing experts on the findings of our Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of female senior civil servants, national politicians and business leaders in G20 and EU member states – we’ve examined the agenda’s achievements and the remaining […]

Women Leaders Index Gender Equality Case Study: Canada

Every country has a different story to tell on women leaders in the civil service. Interviewing experts on the findings of our Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of female senior civil servants, national politicians and business leaders in G20 and EU member states – we’ve examined the agenda’s achievements and the remaining […]

Women Leaders Index Gender Equality Case Study: France

Every country has a different story to tell on women leaders in the civil service. Interviewing experts on the findings of our Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of female senior civil servants, national politicians and business leaders in G20 and EU member states – we’ve examined the agenda’s achievements and the remaining […]

Women Leaders Index Gender Equality Case Study: Ireland

Every country has a different story to tell on women leaders in the civil service. Interviewing experts on the findings of our Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of female senior civil servants, national politicians and business leaders in G20 and EU member states – we’ve examined the agenda’s achievements and the remaining […]

Women Leaders Index Gender Equality Case Study: Australia

Every country has a different story to tell on women leaders in the civil service. Interviewing experts on the findings of our Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of female senior civil servants, national politicians and business leaders in G20 and EU member states – we’ve examined the agenda’s achievements and the remaining […]

Women Leaders Index Gender Equality Case Study: Finland

Every country has a different story to tell on women leaders in the civil service. Interviewing experts on the findings of our Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of female senior civil servants, national politicians and business leaders in G20 and EU member states – we’ve examined the agenda’s achievements and the remaining […]