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Senior Investigating Officer - Monitoring Form

Published 24 Jan 2019

This form should be completed when applying for the post of Senior Investigating Officer. The closing date for applications is 18 February 2019. Please complete this form electronically or, if hand-written, please ensure that it is legible.

Senior Investigating Officer - Job Description

Published 24 Jan 2019

This document describes the terms and responsibilites for the role of Senior Investigating Officer. It is for use in the recruitment exercise of Jan/Feb 2019.

Senior Investigation Officer - Competencies

Published 24 Jan 2019

This document describes the competencies required for the role of Senior Investigating Officer. It is for use in the recruitment exercise of Jan/Feb 2019.

2017 Applicant Research

Published 28 Nov 2018

This report set out an annual summary of views expressed by applicants following 40 individual appointment rounds during 2017. We are grateful to those who provided time and effort giving invaluable feedback which formed the basis of the findings.

Scottish Government letter to applicants

Published 28 Nov 2018

This letter sets out the Scottish Government's response to the feedback provided by applicants and the findings and recommendations in our 2017 applicant research report.

CESPLS Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18

Published 31 Oct 2018

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards' annual report and accounts for 2017-18 as laid before the Scottish Parliament on 31 October 2018.

2018 Follow Up Thematic Review into Operation of the Code

Published 14 Sep 2018

This report sets out the Commissioner's findings and recommendations following a thematic review into the operation of the 2013 Code of Practice. This review follows up on the findings from one conducted and reported on in 2015. The review assesses Scottish Government progress in response to recommendations in that report about succession planning and learning lessons from appointment activity.

Commissioner's Draft British Sign Language (BSL) Plan

Published 09 Aug 2018

This Plan sets out the actions which the Commissioner proposes to take over the period 2018-2024 to improve access for BSL users to the range of statutory functions that he fulfils. The Draft Plan is available to download from this website in Word and pdf formats. A BSL translation of the Draft Plan is available to view on YouTube and Facebook. Visit our website's home page to get the links or find them in the consultation document. The Commissioner would welcome views on the Draft Plan. The consultation period runs until 14 September. 

SHAP Diversity Calendar Jan-Jun 2019

Published 06 Jul 2018

This is the SHAP Diversity Calendar for the first half of 2019. It should be read in conjunction with the SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook.

SHAP Diversity Calendar Jul-Dec 2019

Published 06 Jul 2018

This is the SHAP Diversity Calendar for the second half of 2019. It should be read in conjunction with the SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook.

Data Protection Policy

Published 25 May 2018

This policy describes how the Commissioner will handle personal data.

Privacy Statement for employees, etc

Published 04 May 2018

This Privacy Statement describes how we treat the personal data of employees, former employees and job applicants.

British Sign Language Plan - Open Events at the Scottish Parliament

Published 20 Apr 2018

This poster gives more detail about the open events for British Sign Language users being held at the Scottish Parliament on Friday, 18 May and Saturday, 19 May.

Annual Business Plan 2018-19

Published 18 Apr 2018

This Business Plan details how the Commissioner for Ethical Standards will work to achieve his strategic objectives during the period April 2018 to March 2019.

Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland - good practice in planning and assessment for a Chair appointment round

Published 06 Nov 2017

This report summarises the planning phase for this appointment round as well as highlighting a particularly innovative approach to assessment. A mix of methods were used including simulated activities with high levels of validity leading to a successful outcome.

CESPLS Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

Published 30 Oct 2017

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards' annual report and accounts for 2016-17 as laid before the Scottish Parliament on 30 October 2017.

CESPLS Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

Published 16 Oct 2017

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards' annual report and accounts for 2016-17 as laid before the Scottish Parliament on 16 October 2017.

2016 Applicant Research

Published 12 Oct 2017

Following the last annual applicant research in 2015, we discussed and agreed with the Scottish Government a different method of obtaining applicant views. Since May 2016 we have been gathering the views of applicants on a round by round basis, rather than annually. This report provides an annual summary of the views expressed in the individual round reports and also reports on the learning that has taken place by understanding applicant views under this round by round approach. We are grateful to those who provided time and effort giving invaluable feedback which formed the basis of the findings.

Scottish Housing Regulator Chair and members round - good practice in planning and publicity

Published 13 Sep 2017

This report summarises the planning phase for this appointment round and highlights a particularly innovative approach to attraction. The body used its Twitter feed to highlight the opportunities and the body and the Scottish Government ran two early evening open events so that people could find out more about the roles available and how to apply.

SHAP Diversity Calendar Jan 2018 - June 2018

Published 12 Sep 2017

This is the SHAP Diversity Calendar for the first half of 2018. It should be read in conjunction with the SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook.

SHAP Diversity Calendar July 2018 - Dec 2018

Published 12 Sep 2017

This is the SHAP Diversity Calendar for the second half of 2018. It should be read in conjunction with the SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook.

SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook for 2018

Published 12 Sep 2017

This is the SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook for 2018. It gives guidance on using the diversity calendars for the same period.

sportscotland members round - good practice in planning and attraction

Published 03 Aug 2017

This report summarises an exercise in planning and attraction. A particularly innovative feature of the round appeared to lead to the attraction of a higher than average number of younger applicants. This was the use of video clips of existing board members talking about their role and the role and culture of the board.

PAA Charging and Travelling Time Policy

Published 25 Jul 2017

This document for Public Appointments Advisers details how charges for fees and travelling time are made.

Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland - Good Practice in Planning and Attraction

Published 25 Jan 2017

This report summarises an exercise in planning and attraction. It is the third time that an appointment round for this body has been used as a good practice case study. Approaches used in this case were very innovative and particularly accessible.

CESPLS Annual Report & Accounts 2015-16

Published 09 Sep 2016

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards' annual report and accounts for 2015-16 as laid before the Scottish Parliament on 9 September 2016.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - good practice in Planning, Attraction and Assessment

Published 15 Jul 2016

This appointment round built on the lessons learned and the innovative approaches taken on previous health board rounds. In particular, it demonstrates the value of community engagement as part of the public appointments process.

Diversity Calendar Handbook

Published 04 Jul 2016

This is the SHAP diversity calendar handbook.

SHAP Diversity Calendar July - Dec 2016

Published 04 Jul 2016

The diversity calendar should be read in conjunction with the SHAP handbook.

SHAP Diversity Calendar Jan - Jun 2017

Published 04 Jul 2016

This is the SHAP Diversity Calendar for the first half of 2017. It should be read in conjunction with the SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook.

SHAP Diversity Calendar July - Dec 2017

Published 04 Jul 2016

This is the SHAP Diversity Calendar for the second half of 2017. It should be read in conjunction with the SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook.

sportscotland chair appointment round - good practice in planning and assessment

Published 06 Jun 2016

This report summarises an exercise in planning and assessment. It discusses how the competency framework trialled on the Creative Scotland pilot appointment round was adapted specifically for a chair appointment round. It also refers to the high quality of early engagement with the minister to ensure that the panel knew precisely what would be required of a successful chair for the board.

Good Practice in Planning and Assessment - The Scottlsh Funding Council

Published 31 Mar 2016

This report summarises an exercise in planning and assessment based on an effective analysis of board needs. In this case, the needs of the board were clearly identified by reference to the body's new strategic plan.

PAA Records Management Statement

Published 10 Feb 2016

This document outlines the Commissioner's expectations for the appropriate management of records by the Public Appointments Advisers (PAAs).

Revised Guidance on Application of the 2013 Code of Practice

Published 19 Jan 2016

This guidance updates and replaces the original statutory guidance of October 2013 that was introduced to coincide with publication of the 2013 Code of Practice. It incorporates the Commissioner's guidance on "merit and most able", issued in Augurst 2014, and includes a number of additional changes intended to enhance the operation of the public appointments process. The revised guidance is effective from 25 January 2016.

Visitscotland - good practice in attraction and assessment

Published 14 Jan 2016

This appointment round carried forward lessons learned from the Creative Scotland pilot appointment round in terms of assessment using the competency framework. It also employed an attraction strategy used for appointments to other enterprise bodies by working in partnership with Changing the Chemistry to attract women to apply for the roles as this group was underrepresented on the board.

Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland - Good practice in planning, attraction and assessment

Published 06 Jan 2016

This round sought to find four new board members for the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland. Good practice in planning for the round involved use of a draft competency framework for board members.

NHS Health Scotland - Good Practice in Planning, Attraction and Assessment

Published 05 Jan 2016

This round sought to find four new board members for NHS Health Scotland. Good practice in planning for the round was developed into an excellent strategy for attraction and an alternative approach to assessment that followed similar approaches successfully used for territorial health board appointment rounds.

Creative Scotland pilot round - good practice in attraction and assessment

Published 20 Nov 2015

This brief report describes the first round on which a draft competency framework for board members was piloted. It also describes how the framework assisted with implementation of the Commissioner's guidance on application of the Code.

CESPLS Annual Report 2014-15

Published 17 Sep 2015

This annual report summarises the work carried out by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life during 2014-15.

Report - Thematic Review of Operation of the 2013 Code

Published 06 Jul 2015

This report sets out the Commissioner's findings and recommendations following a thematic review into the operation of the 2013 Code of Practice. It set out to assess whether lessons from previous appointment activity are being fed into subsequent rounds and leading to improvements in the process and the system more widely.

Scottish Government letter to applicants

Published 15 Jun 2015

This letter sets out the Scottish Government response to the feedback provided by applicants and the issues highlighted in our 2014 applicant research report.

2014 Applicant Research

Published 11 Jun 2015

This is our third applicant research study. It builds on the results received in previous surveys and the views of respondents have given us a wealth of useful information on their experience of applying for public appointments. The research is fully supported by the Scottish Government who have committed to considering the data provided to make improvements to the applicant experience. We are grateful to those who provided time and effort giving invaluable feedback which formed the basis of the findings.

PAA Service Level Agreement

Published 28 May 2015

A template Service Level Agreement for Public Appointments Advisers (PAAs).

Good practice in attraction and assessment - Fife and Dumfries & Galloway NHS boards

Published 15 May 2015

These appointment rounds built successfully on the pilot round run for Lanarkshire NHS in 2014. This report summarises how learning from the initial pilot was taken forward to inform the approaches taken to attract and recruit people to two other health boards.

Good practice in assessment - Scottish Police Authority

Published 08 May 2015

This is a brief summary of an exercise that was used to assess applicants for the Scottish Police Authority. The selection panel used an alternative approach for initial applications and an additional assessment exercise was used at the interview stage to simulate an activity that board members would be engaged in if appointed.

Good practice in assessment - Historic Environment Scotland

Published 04 May 2015

This is a brief summary of an exercise that was used to assess applicants for a whole new board. It was considered to be very a good way of assessing the attributes that people would need to be effective. Candidates also commented positively on how robust they found the assessment process.

Conflict of Interest Leaflet

Published 01 May 2015

This leaflet gives guidance on what might be considered a conflict of interest when applying for a public appointment.

Freedom of Information Policy and Procedures

Published 01 Apr 2015

The Commissioner's policy and procedures for staff members, covering matters relating to Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations.

How The Commissioner Handles Information Requests

Published 01 Apr 2015

Guidance for the public on how the Commissioner will process a request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

How to make a Freedom of Information request

Published 01 Apr 2015

Guidance on how to make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request or an Environmental Information request (EIR).

Good practice in assessment - Dumfries and Galloway NHS

Published 05 Nov 2014

This is a brief summary of an exercise that was used to simulate a situation that a board chair might realistically have to deal with once appointed. It was considered to be very a good way of assessing skills that the chair of this board was going to need to be successful.

CESPLS Annual Report 2013-14

Published 23 Oct 2014

This annual report summarises the work carried out by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life during 2013-14.

Complaints Leaflet - public appointments

Published 02 Oct 2014

This leaflet explaints how we handle complaints about public appointments

Guidance on application of the 2013 Code - Merit and Most Able

Published 08 Aug 2014

This guidance is issued by the Commissioner in terms of section 2 (6) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. It is intended to assist in the understanding and implementation of the 2013 Code of Practice and clarifies the Code's requirements in respect of the identification and appointment of the most able applicants.

Good practice in attraction and assessment - Lanarkshire NHS

Published 12 Jun 2014

This was a pilot appointment round commissioned by Alex Neil MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. The Cabinet Secretary had indicated that he was very keen for the round to use a more pro-active approach to publicising the opportunities to serve as board members and for a more accessible, engaging and attractive appointment process to be tried. In particular, the Cabinet Secretary wanted the exercise to be used as an opportunity for the board to engage effectively with the communities that it serves and for the round to generate a more diverse field of applicants than can sometimes be the case when standard approaches are tried. Read the full report to find out more about the innovative approaches that were used.

2013 Applicant Research

Published 08 Apr 2014

In 2013 we undertook our second applicant research study. This built on the results received in 2012 and has helped to identify areas in which the applicant experience has improved, and areas which could benefit from further consideration. The research is fully supported by the Scottish Government who have committed to considering the data provided to make improvements to the applicant experience. We are grateful to those who provided time and effort giving invaluable feedback which formed the basis of the findings.

How to make a complaint about us

Published 01 Apr 2014

This leaflet tells you how to make a complaint about us. It's based on the model provided by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman's Complaints Standards Authority (CSA).

How we handle complaints about us

Published 01 Apr 2014

This document explains how we handle complaints made about us. It's based on the model provided by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman's Complaints Standards Authority (CSA).

Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland - effective attraction and assessment 2013

Published 03 Dec 2013

This example was from a recent appointment round that worked well. The advertising used was targeted to attract applications from applicants with a disability and the selection process itself was comparatively more accessible with simple and clearly expressed criteria for selection.

Effective attraction and assessment - Grampian NHS 2010

Published 15 Nov 2013

This example was from a pilot appointment round that worked well. The advertising used multiple channels and the pack and application and assessment methods were comparatively much more accessible. The combination of these approaches led to a much more diverse pool of applicants, many of whom hadn't considered applying previously.

Effective attraction and assessment - Tayside NHS 2011

Published 15 Nov 2013

This is an example of a slightly different approach to attraction and assessment for a health board round. The chair of the board used social media to encourage applications, particularly from younger people, and the use of a board paper proved to be a good test of relevant skills.

Effective planning and assessment - Orkney NHS 2010

Published 15 Nov 2013

An example of an approach to an appointment round that worked well. In this case there were very few essential criteria and one was very focused on the needs of the board and the particular position that had to be filled.

2013 CODE OF PRACTICE FOR MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENTS TO PUBLIC BODIES IN SCOTLAND

Published 30 Sep 2013

The Commissioner has published a revised Code of Practice in terms of section 2 (3) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. The revised Code comes into force on 1 October 2013. It is accompanied by guidance which may also be downloaded from our website.

GUIDANCE ON THE 2013 CODE OF PRACTICE

Published 30 Sep 2013

This guidance is issued by the Commissioner in terms of section 2 (6) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. It is intended to assist in the understanding and implementation of the 2013 Code of Practice.

Analysis report on consultation responses contributing to the 2013 Code of Practice

Published 30 Sep 2013

This report provides a synopsis of the consultation responses received on proposals to revise the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland. It also captures the key changes that the Commissioner made as a result of the many valuable responses received.

CESPLS Annual Report 2012-13

Published 20 Sep 2013

This annual report summarises the work carried out by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life during 2012-13.

Instructions for assessors on completing a compliance opinion

Published 01 Jul 2013

This document describes the function of the compliance opionion completed by assessors during appointments rounds. It also gives guidance on completing a compliance opinion.

Template compliance opinion - planning stage

Published 01 Jul 2013

Assessors complete this form at the end of the planning stage for an appointment round

Template compliance opinion - early stages of assessment

Published 01 Jul 2013

This form is completed by assessors following the early stages of assessment.

Template compliance opinion - final stage of assessment

Published 01 Jul 2013

This form is completed by assessors following the final stage of assessment

Template compliance opinion - review and recommendations

Published 01 Jul 2013

This form is completed by assessors at the conclusion of appointment rounds. It makes recommendations about areas in which appointment activity can be improved on in future.

Public appointments Information leaflet

Published 01 Jul 2013

This leaflet describes our role in the public appointments process and lets you know what to do if you wish to make a complaint. It is included in every application pack for regulated public appointments

Enhancing the Public Appointments Process

Published 20 May 2013

A report on our stakeohlders' views on proposals for a revised code of practice and the resulting revised draft code. We would welcome comments on the revised draft code no later than 2 August.

CESPLS Annual Business Plan 2013-14

Published 28 Mar 2013

This Business Plan details how the Commission for Ethical Standards will work to achieve its strategic objectives during the period April 2013 to March 2014.

2012 Applicant Research

Published 13 Mar 2013

Feedback from applicants is very important and helps ensure that the appointments process is fair, open and transparent. In 2012 we asked recent applicants to share their experiences so that we could identify what was working well and what could be improved. This research was fully supported by the Scottish Government who have already taken action to make changes to their procedures for the benefit of applicants.

Scottish Government letter to applicants

Published 13 Mar 2013

The 2012 applicant research was fully supported by Scottish Government. This letter sets out their response to the feedback provided by applicants and the issues highlighted in our research report.

Mentoring Report

Published 15 Oct 2012

This is the evaluation of the most recent mentoring programme (2011) sponsored by OCPAS and managed by Mentoring Partnership Scotland. The mentoring programme was established to improve the diversity of applicants for public appointments. The 2011 programme was specifically aimed at women.

CESPLS Annual Report 2011-12

Published 27 Sep 2012

This annual report summarises the work carried out by the Commission for Ethical Standards in Public Life during its first year of operation.

CODE OF PRACTICE CONSULTATION PAPER

Published 30 Aug 2012

As we approach the first year of operation of the 2011 Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland the Commissioner wishes to seek feedback from stakeholders

CODE OF PRACTICE CONSULTATION QUESTIONNAIRE

Published 30 Aug 2012

The Commissioner is seeking the views of stakeholders, interested parties should use this pro forma to provide their opinions in response to the issues raised in the consultation paper

Second reappointment and succession planning report

Published 07 Jun 2012

This report provides an update on the results of a review by the Commissioner of the Scottish Ministers' compliance with the 2011 code in respect of reappointment and succession planning.

Succession planning and reappointment report

Published 05 Apr 2012

This report details the results of a review by the Commissioner of the Scottish Ministers' compliance with the 2011 code in respect of reappointment and succession planning.

Diversity Delivers - Three Years On

Published 24 Nov 2011

This report provides an update on the Scottish Government's progress after three years against the Commissioner's strategy for enhancing equality of opportunity in Scotland’s ministerial public appointments process.

Public Appointments Assessors ITT - Summary of Answers

Published 13 Oct 2011

This document provides a summary of answers to all the questions received about the tender for Public Appointments Assessors. This ensures all tenderers have access to the same information. Final proposals should be submitted by 09.30am on 21 October 2011.

Invitation to Tender for provision of Assessor service

Published 16 Sep 2011

The Public Appointments Commissioner would like to appoint Assessors to act on her behalf. This document provides the necessary information, interested parties are invited to submit their proposals by 9.30am on 21 October 2011.

OCPAS Annual Report 2010-11

Published 09 Sep 2011

OCPAS's final annual report was published on 9 September 2011. The report describes our role, our work during the year and our plans for the future as part of the Commission for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Handbook on Application of the Revised Code

Published 01 Sep 2011

This handbook gives non statutory guidance on application of the revised code of practice. It has been published to coincide with the implementation date for the revised code. The handbook will be refreshed on a regular basis to reflect the Commissioner's most up to date guidance on application of the code. Revisions will take into account the views of those who work with the code and suggested revisions from stakeholders are welcomed. Handbook users should refer to the online version of the handbook as it may be more up-to-date than any printed version. The handbook version date is provided on the contents page for ease of reference.

Statutory Guidance on the revised code of practice - the Commissioner's scrutiny

Published 01 Sep 2011

This guidance has been published to coincide with the implementation of the revised code of practice in September 2011. It explains how the Commissioner will provide scrutiny of the ministerial public appointments process. The guidance has statutory force.

OCPAS Annual Accounts 2010-11

Published 16 Aug 2011

OCPAS's annual accounts for 2010-11 as laid before the Scottish Parliament on 16 August 2011. These are the final accounts for OCPAS. On 1 April 2011, OCPAS merged with the offices of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner and the Chief Investigating Officer to form the Commission for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

OCPAS External Auditors' Report 2010-11

Published 13 Jul 2011

Audit Scotland has appointed Grant Thornton as OCPAS's external auditors. This is their report on OCPAS's annual accounts for 2010-11.

Draft Risk Framework

Published 29 Jun 2011

This framework should be read in conjunction with the Commissioner's statutory guidance on providing scrutiny under the revised code. The framework shows how the risk rating for each appointment round is calculated. The level of scrutiny provided by the Commissioner is directly related to the risk rating thus ensuring that scrutiny levels are appropriate.

OCPAS PSR Section 32 Information 2010/11

Published 29 Jun 2011

Statements as required under Section 32 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010. Work undertaken by OCPAS in financial year 2010/11 to promote and increase sustainable growth and to improve efficiency, effectiveness and economy.

OCPAS PSR Section 31 Information 2010/11

Published 29 Jun 2011

Information as required under Section 31 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010. Specific areas of expenditure by OCPAS in financial year 2010/11.

OCPAS Annual Report 2009-10

Published 01 Apr 2011

This annual report summarises the work carried out by OCPAS during our sixth year of operation. It describes our role, our work during the year and our impact. It contains news about the progress made in implementing Diversity Delivers, the first equal opportunities strategy for ministerial public appointments. It also describes progress towards a new Code of Practice for ministerial appointments to Scotland’s public bodies.

Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

Published 01 Apr 2011

This revised code is the result of significant consultation with stakeholders. The Commissioner believes that implementation of the revised code will see a marked change for the better in the public appointments process in Scotland. It will be implemented from September 2011.

OCPAS Annual Report 2008-09

Published 31 Mar 2011

OCPAS Annual Report 2007-08

Published 30 Mar 2011

OCPAS Annual Report 2006-07

Published 29 Mar 2011

OCPAS Annual Report 2005-06

Published 28 Mar 2011

OCPAS Annual Report 2004-05

Published 27 Mar 2011

Analysis of consultation responses to the proposed revised code

Published 02 Feb 2011

This paper summarises the key comments and concerns raised by our stakeholders when we consulted on proposals for a revised code of practice. The draft code resulting from the many valuable responses we received to the consultation exercise is available to download from the publications section of our website.

LORD COMMISSIONER OF JUSTICIARY APPOINTMENTS TO THE PAROLE BOARD FOR SCOTLAND

Published 24 Jan 2011

This report details the results of an examination into the appointment of Lord Commissioners of Justiciary to the Parole Board for Scotland.

Chairs views on the proposed revised code

Published 03 Dec 2010

This document sets out the Commissioner's proposals for change, as reflected in the revised code that was consulted on in 2010, as well as the views of public body Chairs on those proposals.

OCPAS External Auditors' Report 2009-10

Published 27 Aug 2010

Audit Scotland has appointed Grant Thornton as OCPAS's external auditors. This is their report on our accounts for 2009-10.

OCPAS Annual Accounts 2009-10

Published 26 Aug 2010

Our annual accounts for 2009-10 as laid before the Scottish Parliament on 26 August 2010.

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS AIRPORTS LTD – COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION

Published 12 Aug 2010

This report covers our investigation of a complaint about the reappointment of a board member to Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd

Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Act 2010

Published 19 Jul 2010

This Act establishes the Commission for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland. It also amends the Public Appointments and Public Bodies Etc (Scotland) Act 2003.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON SITES OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST – CONVENOR APPOINTMENT – CPA/2010/04

Published 01 Jul 2010

This report concerns the appointment of a Convenor to the Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The appointment did not comply with the code of practice.

Revised Code - Consultation Version June 2010

Published 10 Jun 2010

The Commissioner's proposed revised code of practice for ministerial appointments to public bodies in Scotland. This is a consultation document.

Revised Code Consultation Questionnaire - June 2010

Published 10 Jun 2010

This questionnaire seeks the views of stakeholders on the Commissioner's proposals for a revised code of practice.

Diversity Delivers - Progress Report 2009-10

Published 31 Mar 2010

This report details the progress made in 2009-10 to achieving the recommendations set out in Diversity Delivers, the first equal opportunities strategy for public appointments in Scotland.

Chairs views on proposals for change to the Code

Published 15 Jan 2010

This document captures the views of the Chairs of regulated public bodies on the Commissioner's proposals for changes to the Code.

Senior Civil Servants views on proposals for change to the Code

Published 15 Jan 2010

This document captures the views of Senior Civil Servants on the Commissioner's proposals for changes to the Code.

OCPAS Annual Accounts 2008-09

Published 06 Oct 2009

Guidance on Recording Ministers’ Appointment Decisions June 2009

Published 26 Jun 2009

The following guidance should be read in conjunction with the Code

Guidance on seeking additional information from applicants

Published 15 May 2009

This document provides guidance to selection panels on seeking further information from applicants.

Alternative application methods - guidance

Published 06 Apr 2009

This document explains the different types of application method that selection panels can choose for an appointment round.

Guidance on planning meetings

Published 12 Mar 2009

This guidance sets out what must be agreed at the outset of every appointment round. The guidance has statutory force and should be read in conjunction with the Code.

Guidance on the Content of Candidate Summaries January 2009

Published 07 Jan 2009

The following guidance should be read in conjunction with the Code.

Guidance on Recording Selection Panel Decisions January 2009

Published 07 Jan 2009

The following guidance should be read in conjunction with the Code. (pdf supplied)

Guidance on Handling Lack of Choice for Ministers January 2009

Published 07 Jan 2009

The following guidance should be read in conjunction with the Code.

Diversity Delivers

Published 27 Aug 2008

OCPAS Annual Accounts 2007-08

Published 29 Jul 2008

Summary Audit Reports 2006-07

Published 19 Dec 2007

OCPAS Annual Accounts 2006-07

Published 21 Aug 2007

OCPAS Annual Accounts 2005-06

Published 09 Oct 2006

OCPAS Annual Accounts 2004-05

Published 01 Jan 2006

Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Published 30 Mar 2003

The Act setting up the Commissioner’s post and office and outlining its functions.



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