PA News: 26/04/2016

Ethics & Deontology

Learning from our International Counterparts – OPM Innovation LabFrance : Public Service what changes the law on deontology, rights and obligations of civil servants? (Fonction publique : que change la loi relative à la déontologie, aux droits et obligations des fonctionnaires ?)

The law on deontology and the rights and obligations of public servants was enacted on April 20, 2016. The only law of the Legislature to focus exclusively on the public service, it is intended, according to the Government to strengthen the trust between the French and the officials. Essentially, it introduces new rules of professional conduct in the public service and updates the rights and obligations of public officials. It also contains provisions on the exemplary nature of public employers.

France ; Deontology Awareness Module (Module de sensibilisation à la déontologie – 29/03/2016)

To support the promulgation of the next law on deontology and the rights and obligations of civil servants, the DGAFP designed as part of a tight working group (PFRH Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and National School of gendarmerie officers) a deontology awareness module.

2016 OECD Integrity Forum opening remarks

2016 OECD Integrity Forum: Fighting the Hidden Tariff – Global Trade Without Corruption Secretary-General, OECD OECD Conference Centre, Paris (As prepared for delivery) Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to open the 4th OECD Integrity Forum , and to welcome so many leaders from so many different policy communities and countries. I want to thank the EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and the UK Anti-Corruption Champion, Sir Eric Pickles, for joining me to open this crucial meeting. Allow me to take this opportunity to also thank our Integrity Forum knowledge partners: the Dutch Presidency of the EU, the Alliance for Integrity, the German development agency GIZ, the Business for Social Responsibility, the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network, the International Anti-Corruption Academy, and the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre. We are all working together to tackle corruption and promote the culture of integrity. Corruption is a blight on the global economy Integrity is not just a moral issue; it’s also about making our economies more productive, our public sectors more efficient, our societies and our economies more inclusive. It’s about restoring trust, not just trust in government, but trust in public institutions, regulators, banks, and corporations. Recent revelations like the ones uncovered by […]


Learning from our International Counterparts – OPM Innovation LabLearning from our International Counterparts – OPM Innovation Lab

Public sector innovation is something that public services across the world are looking at and there seem to be a lot of common issues. But are they really the same, or do local factors, local circumstances matter more? This March I was lucky enough to spend two weeks trying to find out. Last year we were fortunate enough to have the impressive Stephanie Wade, Director of the Innovation Lab at the Office of Personnel Management in Canberra for some meetings and a public talk . I’d actually first met Stephanie at the OECD ‘ Innovating the Public Sector ’ Conference in 2014, where we both participated in a session on innovation labs, and it was great to hear about the progress of the Lab. From these meetings, it seemed that there were a lot of shared issues that seemed the same – but I wanted to find out what it was like ‘on the ground’. So I asked Stephanie “could I come and spend two weeks with your team, to find out how your Lab works?” And Stephanie was generous enough to say yes. Then, long story cut short, I spent 14 to 25 March with Stephanie and other […]


Learning from our International Counterparts – OPM Innovation LabCall for applications for the Pan-African Public Service Award  (Appel à candidatures pour le Prix Panafricain du Service Public (PPSP))

As part of the strengthening and encouragement of activities and initiatives undertaken in the modernisation of public administration in Africa, including those for the improvement of public services to citizens, the Chairman of the Council of administration and Director General of the African Centre for Training and Administrative Research for Development (CAFRAD), are calling for nominations for the Pan-African Public Service Award (PPSP) in respect of 2016.
The prize to be awarded at the upcoming forum on administrative modernization, scheduled for 1 June 2016 on the margins of the Administrative Council of CAFRAD, aims to encourage members of CAFRAD to promote all initiatives and innovations to the improvement of the quality of services provided to users of public services.

USA : NECoPA 2016: Public Administration in the Era of CollaborationLearning from our International Counterparts – OPM Innovation Lab

The , taking place Nov. 11-13 in Harrisburg, Penn., has announced its call for proposed papers, panels and posters. The School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg is the host of the 2016 conference. The theme of the conference will be Public Administration in the Era of Collaboration, and will be an opportunity for academics, practitioners and studentsto gather and exchange research and lessons from practice regarding collaboration. Possible proposal topics include:


Learning from our International Counterparts – OPM Innovation Lab

Does transparency hobble effective governance?

A remarkable debate on transparency and open government took place on March 15, 2016 at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, Missouri, USA. The issue was: Is American Government too open? Professor Bruce E. Cain of Stanford University argued that “Yes, American Government Is Too Open”, and Professor Charles Lewis of American University, Washington DC, argued that “No, American Government is Not Too Open”. You can watch the debate here.

It is a rich and illuminating exchange, and one that the two professors somehow manage to keep civil. I watched the debate online but in what follows I draw from the written commentary submitted by both professors, and I try to focus on the universally applicable points that each one made.


Canada : Appointment Framework

The PSC’s Appointment Policy and Appointment Delegation and Authority Instrument (ADAI) were revised and came into effect on April 1, 2016. All previous policies and the associated documents have been archived and are no longer in effect.

For specific information and assistance, contact your designated Staffing Support Advisor or visit our GCpedia page (link for employees of Government of Canada departments and agencies only).


New Zealand : Reflections from our audits: Governance and accountability

High standards of public sector governance and accountability are essential to healthy democracies at both a national and local level. They enable the effective and efficient use of public resources in the wide range of entities that make up New Zealand’s public sector. For the purpose of this report, I define:

  • governance as the system by which an organisation or project is directed and controlled; and
  • accountability as the way in which people can see how their taxes and rates are used by public entities


European Commission and World Bank sign agreement to boost development cooperation

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2016 – The European Commission and the World Bank Group signed a Framework Agreement on Friday, 15 April 2016, to further their cooperation on the implementation of development projects across the globe. This agreement sets the terms under which the World Bank will disburse EU budget money on development projects on the ground.

World Bank Vice President Axel van Trotsenburg said, “The challenges faced by our clients are increasingly complex and require innovative thinking and partnerships. This agreement with the European Commission reinforces the EC’s role as a key partner in our strategic, policy and operational efforts to reach the goal of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity.

Sustainable Governance


The President of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, hosted a briefing at 10:00am on Thursday, 28 January, 2016 on the global SDG indicator framework. Mr. John Pullinger, Chair of the UN Statistical Commission, Mr. Enrique Ordaz, Co-chair of the IAEG-SDGs, and Mr. Stefan Schweinfest and Ms. Francesca Perucci, Director and Assistant Director of the UN Statistical Division, participated in the briefing.

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Learning from our International Counterparts – OPM Innovation LabUK: Sustainable Development Goals examined with Oliver Letwin

Office Minister Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP on how the Government plans to respond to the sustainable development goals at home and overseas and how it will engage different government departments to ensure policy coherence for sustainable development.

CEPAL : Senior Government Officials Address Sustainable Development Priorities of the Caribbean

“The challenge facing the Caribbean is to identify paths to development that emphasize macroeconomic stability with growth, equity, and environmental sustainability. This will provide a bulwark against external shocks and the protection necessary for those that are most vulnerable”, Mr. Antonio Prado, Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC, said during the opening of the 26th session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), held in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis on 22 April 2016.

CAF and New Development Bank Establish Strategic Alliance | CAF

The CEO of CAF -development bank of Latin America-, Enrique García, and the president of the New Development Bank (NDB), K. V. Kamath, met over the weekend in Washington, accompanied by their management teams, to establish a strategic alliance to explore new avenues for cooperation.