Written answers

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Department of Finance

Decentralisation Programme

9:00 pm

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 194: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if, regarding the operation of the central applications facility for civil and public servants wishing to avail of the decentralisation programme and normal transfers within the Civil and Public Service, he will ensure that detailed information is available to applicants regarding their application via the number of applications ahead of a particular applicant and the estimated time when the applicant can expect a satisfactory outcome to their application. [18812/07]

Photo of Brian CowenBrian Cowen (Minister, Department of Finance; Tánaiste; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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I am informed by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) that they launched the Central Applications Facility on 12 May 2004 to provide an on-line application facility for civil and public servants interested in registering an interest in the Governments Decentralisation Programme. The site is accessed through www.publicjobs.ie.

From this facility the PAS produces reports and statistics for the Decentralisation Implementation Group DIG), the Department of Finance and decentralising organisations. In addition to these reports, when organisations have a requirement to fill a specific decentralising vacancy, the PAS conducts the necessary trawl of the database of potentially interested people in accordance with the agreed protocols.

Each organisation holds their own list of both internal staff and staff external to their organisation wishing to move to their particular locations. These lists are compiled in accordance with the protocols agreed by the Department of Finance and the relevant staff unions/ associations. Should a person require information on their status on such lists, the recommended channel is a direct approach to the relevant decentralisation unit or the HR unit of that organisation.

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