The government approved additional parameters for the administrative reform of federal executive bodies (FOIV). Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed the relevant documents establishing the maximum number of civil servants and the payroll of the central offices and territorial bodies of ministries and departments. This was reported by the press service of the Cabinet.
Administrative reform in federal executive authorities was announced in the fall of 2020. It is carried out on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin… The reform involves bringing the staff and organizational structure of ministries, services and agencies to a single standard, reducing the staff of the central offices by 5%, and the territorial bodies of federal executive authorities by 10%.
In general, it is planned to cut more than 32 thousand posts, mainly due to the available vacancies. The wage fund will be preserved. In the central offices, 741 staff units will be cut, including 36 deputy heads, as well as 74 structural divisions.
According to the new requirements, the number of departments in ministries should remain at least 40 staff units, and departments in federal services and agencies – at least 25 units. The number of departments in a department or department will be at least five units, and in an independent department – at least 10. In special cases, deviation from the requirements is allowed, the decision on which will be made by a special subcommittee.
What additional parameters did Mishustin approve?
By Order No. 3731-r dated December 31, 2020 it has been established that seven new departments will appear in the government apparatus. The Department of Health and Social Development is being reorganized into two separate ones: the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development. Likewise, the Department of Regional Development and Infrastructure is being transformed into a Department of Regional Development and a Construction Department. Instead of the largest department for industry, energy and transport, three separate departments are also created.
The law-making support department is being transformed into the law-making and regulatory support department. It will become a unified legal department of the government apparatus; earlier, some of its functions were performed by three large departments. In addition, the Consolidated Analytical Department of the Government is being created.
As writes “Kommersant” historically existing enlarged departments will be noticed by specialized ones. Thus, ministries will be mirrored as separate departments in the government apparatus.
In what time frame will the administrative reform be carried out?
Mishustin instructed to carry out the reform in three months: from January 1 to April 1, 2021.
According to Kommersant, an exception was made for the four departments involved in the fight against COVID-19 and its consequences: the optimization of their states was postponed until October 1, 2021. We are talking about the Ministry of Health, the Federal Medical and Biological Agency, Roszdravnadzor and Rospotrebnadzor.
Also, according to the newspaper, in a special order will optimize the staff of some more departments. Among them are the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Construction and the Federal Tourism Agency.