The Toland Report (Independent Review Group) published in July 2014 set out a series of reforms to be implemented over a two year timeframe. The Department has been implementing the Report, alongside the Civil Service Renewal Plan.

A summary of actions implemented to date:


There have been a considerable number of senior management changes.  As noted above, a Deputy Secretary General was appointed in April 2015, with the consequential Assistant Secretary vacancy leading the Crime and Security area filled in October 2015 through lateral mobility under the Senior Public Service scheme.  Three new Assistant Secretaries were appointed - two in early 2015 and one in April 2016 - following open competitions run by the Public Appointments Service on behalf of the Top Level Appointments Committee. Internal mobility transfers have also been implemented at Assistant Secretary level.