Commission responses to FOI requests
This section provides a list of FOI requests and the Commission’s responses to those requests.
Question: Please could you tell me how many certificates of exception that you issue periodically for people not recruited through fair and open competition so that they can stay in their jobs beyond two years? I am particularly interested in the Band E grade.
Question: How many exceptions have been made under the Civil Service Commissioner’s Recruitment Principles to extend employees contracts to over 2 years if they were not recruited through fair and open competition in the Ministry of Justice in total in both 2010 and 2011. I would also like this data to be broken down to show which grades any exceptions were at.
Question: Please could you provide the following information regarding the number of Subject Access Requests you have and are currently processing? What are the annual number of SARs you process for the last three financial years (2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12)? What are the annual totals (number of SARs) processed that were responded to beyond the 40 calendar day deadline? In the last financial year (2011/12), what is the average number of days you have taken to prepare your response to an SAR (within the 40 calendar day deadline)? In the last financial year (2011/12), what is the average number of days you have taken to complete the SAR response cycle e.g. from receipt of first SAR to conclusion of the enquiry? In the last financial year (2011/12), what was the duration of the longest response to a single SAR (within the 40 calendar day deadline)? In the last financial year (2011/12), what was the duration of the longest completion time for a single SAR e.g. from receipt of first SAR to conclusion of the enquiry? What is the total number of current SARs you are processing? Of the total number currently being processed, what is the number that is outside the 40 calendar day deadline? How many full-time equivalent staff are processing SAR requests? What is the nature of the requests?
Question: Please send me all copies of the Civil Service Code from 2003 to 2009. Please tell me whether Civil Servants have a duty to raise concerns of a criminal/racist nature under the Civil Service Code.
Question: I am writing to request data on the exemptions to recruitment principles cited in the annual report 2010/11. Page 24 of the annual report states that there were 40 extensions of short-term appointments without fair and open competition beyond the usual two years set out in the recruitment principles, and 2 short-term appointments of up to two years at pay band 2. I understand that you are unable to release the names of these people. However, please could you split the data by department so I can understand how the pattern differs across Whitehall. Also, in a separate table, please could you split the data by job title so that I can understand the positions that people are going into.
Question: Will you tell me what the policy about staff whose office may close and being asked to work in another office 30 or so miles away and in excess of 2 hours by public transport, door to door. Is a different policy applied depending upon the grade of the Civil Servant ie Administrative officer, Executive officer and above. Can a junior member of staff be obliged to take up a post such a distance from home. Is the Civil Service obliged to offer a transfer to another department or to offer redundancy?
Question: Request for answers to 22 questions:
(i) how many Commissioners have a Science Qualification?
(ii) What are the selection criteria for the recruitment of Commissioners etc
Question: Please could you publish all the correspondence sent in response to a letter dated 4 January 2011 from Paul Laffman, Head of Employee Relations at the Identity and Passport Office, to Barry Forrester at the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners. The letter seeks advice on what action should be taken in relation to the 14 people recruited under the ‘friends and families scheme’ who were mistakenly given permanent positions at Liverpool Passport Office.
Correspondence between the Identity and Passport Office and OCSC (CSC/FOI/11/05)
(1) Details of all appeals dealt with under the Civil Service Code;
(2) statistical information regards questions on the Code included in departmental staff surveys;
(3) statistical information on the usage of the confidential website for Nominated Officers;
(4) documentation on whether a civil servant’s duties under the Civil Service Code amount to a contractual obligation.
Civil Service Code (CSC/FOI/11/04)
Question: Information about how members of the public gain legal redress from a Government Department for breaching the Civil Service Code.
Legal redress (CSC/FOI/11/02)
Question: Information relating to or commenting upon the appointment of individuals to Civil Service posts within Cabinet Office, including details of any formal or informal complaints received
Use of exceptions for short-term appointments (CSC/FOI/10/09)