PSC unveils new regulations to streamline the service

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Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairperson Margaret Kobia
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The Public Service Commission has developed new Regulations that will guide the Commission and all public institutions in the management of human resource in the public service.

The Regulations will replace the current PSC Regulations of 2005 and give effect to the Public Service Commission Act, 2017.

The Commission has invited stakeholders for the final engagement on the draft at a two day validation workshop that begins on Wednesday at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi.

Among those expected at the workshop are cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, representatives of State Corporations, Constitutional Commissions and Independent Offices, Unions, County Public Service Boards, County Assembly Service Boards, professional bodies and public officers.

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The workshop will be officially opened by the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission Prof. Margaret Kobia.

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The draft regulations are available on the Commission’s website www.publicservice.go.ke for public scrutiny.

Stakeholders attending the workshop will review the draft and make comments and recommendations that will be consolidated into the final document that will be forwarded to the Attorney General for gazettement upon approval by parliament.

Among the raft of proposals are provisions on appointment and promotions, code of conduct and qualifications, disciplinary control, and public service efficiency.

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Also covered are proposals on conditions of service, human resource development, retirement and pension options and establishment and abolition of offices.

Unlike the current regulations, the proposed Regulations have a chapter on promotion and reporting on values and principles of governance as well as values and principles of public service in compliance with the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

The new Constitution gave the Commission the responsibility to promote national values and values and principles of public service and to report to the President and Parliament annually, on the extent to which the public service has complied with the values.

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In the 2005 Regulations, delegation of the Commission’s mandate was subject to the consent of the President.

Under the new constitution, the power to delegate is an express mandate of the Commission which the draft regulations intend to effect.

The draft regulations have also incorporated proposals to accommodate the expanded mandate of the Commission by the Constitution that now includes managing human resource in the public service.

They will apply to public bodies including Ministries and State corporations and all persons holding or acting in an office in a public body except for those that are exempted from the jurisdiction of the Commission by the Constitution.

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