"Despite the very best endeavours of many people, the delivery of the Reform Plan to date has been held back by some of the very things that it was designed to address - weaknesses in capability, lack of clear accountability, and delivery discipline," he said.
"We have learnt the importance of moving forward as a unified Civil Service, and that there should be no hiding place for those failing to deliver."
He added: "We are committed that, in the year ahead, we will pick up the pace on delivery and build on the momentum that is already beginning to be felt. We will drive the Reform Plan actions to a successful conclusion - with a singleminded focus on those actions which can be expected to realise the most significant benefits for taxpayers."
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