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"How not to run a major project" – DfT in the firing line over Great Western rail upgrade

3 March 2017

Public Accounts Committee says accountability system for major electrification programme was too complex, and casts doubt on cost estimates even after £1.2bn increase

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Ministers reveal five biggest civil service bugbears

2 March 2017

New Institute for Government report highlights key frictions between political leaders and Whitehall, including poor drafting and a lack of understanding of parliament

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New GOV.UK Notify service goes live in bid to help departments cut call volumes

2 March 2017

GDS announces rollout of GOV.UK Notify, which aims to save departments money and and speed up services by offering people instant access to documents and information

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FCO's Russian expertise has "disintegrated", MPs warn

2 March 2017

Foreign Affairs Committee says UK should stick to its guns on Russia sanctions – but warns that decline in expertise at the FCO "must be reversed"

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Brexit: Government vows to overturn Lords defeat on EU nationals

2 March 2017

Three former heads of the civil service – Lords Kerslake, O'Donnell and Turnbull – among those calling for assurances that EU citizens can remain in Britain after Brexit

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Government turns to big tech firms to help deliver long-awaited Digital Strategy

1 March 2017

Wide-ranging plan includes announcement of new "Digital Government Partnership" to encourage innovation in Whitehall – as Labour's Louise Haigh blasts "recycled announcements and meagre commitments"

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Experts team up to scrutinise Cabinet Office's new code for arm's-length bodies

1 March 2017

Public Chairs Forum, Association of Chief Executives and the Institute for Government will track progress on the Cabinet Office's bid to improve relationships between departments and ALBs

Phillip Hammond

Treasury's £3.5bn efficiency review 'could cost 25,000 jobs', union warns

1 March 2017

PCS union points out that staffing costs make up a big chunk of departmental spending, and called on Philip Hammond to ditch George Osborne's extra cuts

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Cabinet Office sheds more light on blind recruitment tool trials

28 February 2017

A new blind recruitment system being trialled in some parts of the civil service could be rolled out right across the organisation if its pilots prove successful, CSW has been told.