Having cut the calendar of major fiscal events from two a year to just one, chancellor Philip Hammond must now use his extra time and energy to add some grit to the tax policymaking process
Cabinet Office-commissioned study backs the “default presumption of full-cost recovery” for regulatory activities
ACOBA approves return to Suffolk County Council for review of councillor remuneration
Scheme delivers strong value for money and has exceeded targets, Independent Commission for Aid Impact says, but officials could do more to help national governments improve the way cash is delivered
Internal message to HM Revenue & Customs staff – seen by CSW – acknowledges that its estate overhaul will save less than expected, but dismisses talk of a major rethink as "just wrong"
NAO chief says it is time for the department to “step back and consider” its estates strategy as HMRC acknowledges its plans to close most offices will take longer, cost more, and save less than expected
First Civil Service Commissioner Ian Watmore seeks team "to help get the best people into the top civil service jobs"
Guidance refresh deletes entire section on creation of “Extended Ministerial Offices”
Appointments watchdog Peter Riddell gives cautious welcome as Cabinet Office sets out new anti-cronyism rules
Public Appointments Commissioner concedes that not all of his Grimstone Review tweak proposals have been adopted
Public Service Ombudsman would ditch the much-criticised "MP filter" and let members of the public make direct complaints about services
Infrastructure and Projects Authority chief exec Tony Meggs: "2017 will require ruthless prioritisation"
With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Infrastructure and Projects Authority chief executive Tony Meggs, takes part in our annual perm secs round-up
"Anyone found to have leaked sensitive information will be dismissed even where there is no compromise of national security," Heywood tells departmental chiefs