Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Departmental Contracts

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats)
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1302. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount spent on external consultants by her Department in 2019; the average hourly rate; if caps or limits on such spending are in place; the way in which conflicts of interest are managed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7280/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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My Department engages consultancy service providers (individuals or organisations) to provide analysis that contributes to policy development.  The procurement of such services supports my Department in providing a high quality service to the public in a cost-effective manner and is governed by a comprehensive regulatory framework.

Details of all contracts awarded over €25k by the Department are published each quarter on gov.ie.  In addition, details are also published on etenders and on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in accordance with procurement guidelines and legislation.  Expenditure is closely monitored to ensure value for money.  Requests for Tender (RfTs) and  contracts drawn up are  in accordance with the Office of Government Procurement best practice. RfTs and draft contracts contain provisions to deal with conflict of interest, remedies for delays or breach of contract. 

Some consultancy contracts comprise once-off fees while others are paid by daily rate. Therefore, I am advised that it is not possible to break down expenditure by the hour. Details of the amount spent on external consultants by my Department for the period in question (2019) is set out in tabular format as follows.

Name of Consultant Details of Consultancy Expenditure
Crowe Advisory Ireland Limited Provision of Financial and Economic Services €12,238
Accenture System Development, Support and Maintenance of the  Civil Registration Computer System €801,439
Deloitte Data Strategy Project €5,350
Mercer Actuarial Calculations for Waterford Crystal Pensions €1,491
Philip O’Reilly Review of Information Systems Division (ISD) Computer Operations €24,600
Working Time Solutions Shift Roster design options for ISD Computer  Operations €23,124
Ruth Fitzgerald Legal advice to the Department of Employment  Affairs and Social Protection €8,140
PWC Data Specialist Services €44,472
Sonas Innovation Data Specialist Services €211,609
Demarq IT Administration €16,174
Stormlands Ltd IT Administration €922
Institute for Employment Studies and Social Finance Consultancy services in relation to Contracted  Public Employment Services €123,318 (includes expenditure in 2020)
Consult Hyperion Data Privacy Impact Assessments €128,192
INOU Pathways to Work Consultation €7,000
Research Matters Jobseeker and JobPath Customer Satisfaction  Survey €23,431
Elizabeth Costello Social Inclusion Conference Report 2019 €2,600
Indecon Review of National Action Plan for Social  Inclusion €90,824
ESRI Measurement and Analysis of Household Income and Living Conditions Research Programme €66,633
Total expenditure on consultancy in 2019 € 1,591,557


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