The Governance Framework of the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform implements the Corporate Governance Standard for the Civil Service. The chapters of the Framework are set out in five sections that reflect the Governance Standard and its five governance principles, which are:

  1. Good governance supports a culture and ethos which ensures behaviour with integrity, a strong commitment to ethical values, and respect for the rule of law.
  2. Good governance helps to define priorities and outcomes in terms of sustainable economic and societal benefits and to determine the policies and interventions necessary to optimise the achievement of these priorities and outcomes.  It means implementing good practices in transparency, reporting, communications, audit and scrutiny to deliver effective accountability.
  3. Good governance means developing the Department’s capacity, including the capability of the leadership team, management and staff.
  4. Good governance means managing risks and performance through robust internal control systems and effective performance management practices.
  5. Good governance ensures openness, effective public consultation processes and comprehensive engagement with domestic and international stakeholders.

The document is intended as a guide to everyone in the Department, and to the people we serve, on how we do our work and why we do it in the way we do.  It sets out our standards of conduct, our values and the governance systems, particular to the public sector, by which we operate. Therefore, its purpose is to draw together what we should do and what we must do in conducting our business.

A key objective for this Governance Framework is to ensure that it evolves so that we can better adapt to social, political, environmental and economic changes.  The Framework will, therefore, demonstrate continuous improvement and development.