Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has outlined the extensive progress made to date on advancing public sector reform.
Commenting, Minister Hamilton said: A year ago, upon taking office as Minister of Finance and Personnel, I sketched out my agenda for the Department to an audience of CBI members. I outlined my vision that
We live in an impatient world. In a time when people want tangible results now, not tomorrow. I knew a year ago that some would expect the results of my reform agenda to materialise almost instantly. That was never going to be the case. If we are to reach the summit of public sector innovation, then we must first ascend through the foothills.
The degree of change that I envisage, the level of reform that we need, isn t achieved overnight or even in one year. It isn t even possible in the current term of this Executive. It is, arguably, a never ending process of change - always innovating; always reforming; always addressing emerging challenges.
The Minister described how much of the last year has been spent constructing what he called the architecture of reform . He outlined a number of public sector reform initiatives the Department have been involved in during the last 12 months including: the creation of the Public Sector Reform Division with DFP; a modern, IT driven staff innovation scheme called Ideas Engine which gives staff the chance to be involved in service redesign and be rewarded for their ideas that work; the launch of the
Minister Hamilton continued: Just as the vision of better to come isn t enough. Neither is solely establishing the architecture for reforming our public sector.
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