Civil Service Commission
A civil service commission is a government agency that is constituted by legislature to regulate the employment and working conditions of civil servants, oversee hiring and promotions, and promote the values of the public service. Its role is roughly analogous to that of the human resources department in corporations. Civil service commissions are often independent from elected politicians.
In Fiji for example, the Fiji Public Service Commission reviews government statutory powers to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in meeting public sector management objectives. It also acts as the human relations department, or central personnel authority, for the citizens’ interactions with the government.
Other examples of civil service commissions from other countries include Australian Public Service Commission, Bangladesh Public Service Commission, Brunei Public Service Commission, Public Service Commission of Canada, Kenya Public Service Commission, Union Public Service Commission in India, Federal Civil Service Commission in Nigeria, South Africa Public Service Commission, Zimbabwe Public Service Commission and so on.
Federal Civil Service Commission | Nigeria
The Federal Civil Service Commission of Nigeria (FCSC) is an executive body in Nigeria that has the authority to make appointments and transfers, and to exercise disciplinary control over all Federal Civil Servants. No officer can be appointed into the Civil Service without authorization from the Federal Civil Service Commission if they have been convicted of a crime, or had previously been employed in the Government Service and had been dismissed or asked to resign or retire.
Summary of Duties
The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) is responsible for:
- Representation of the Civil Service Commissioners at Senior Staff Committee meetings of Ministries
- Review and approval of recommendations on Disciplinary cases of senior officers
- Recruitment of senior Officers
- Ratification of promotion of offices to senior positions, including conducting promotion interviews and exams
- Hearing appeals on matters of appointment, promotion and disciplines
- Providing guidelines on appointments, promotions and discipline.
In the case of appointments at the Director or Permanent Secretary level, the Chairman of the FCSC may head a panel that interviews candidates who pass the written examination.