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MOD civil servant keeps eye on purse strings in Helmand

August 25, 2011

Money and information are two things that matter a lot to the military commanders in charge Operation HERRICK, and it’s the job of MOD civil servants deployed to Helmand to provide that information and keep a close eye on the purse strings. Report by Ian Carr.

Members of the Civil Secretariat team based at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Members of the Civil Secretariat team based at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Based at Camp Bastion, the main British base in Helmand province, is a team of MOD civil servants known as the Civil Secretariat (Civ Sec). Heading them up is Stephen Dougan, who explains their role:

“As Civ Sec, my responsibilities cover anything of a financial, commercial or contractual nature. I produce advice and guidance to the command.”

Forecasting spend is an important part of the job, telling the system how much expenditure is expected:

“I’ve only got $500 million to spend,” Stephen says wryly, “and that’s just the amount we spend on the contracting in theatre; it doesn’t account for food or staff costs, outside locally employed civilians.”

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    August 25, 2011 22:00

    An important role for all implications it comport is that of Stephen Dougan an MOD civil servants’ s team.
    Important for the contracts need to troops functionality and life.
    For the charge that job comport on terms of responsability, humanity and any others, and for their dedition, thanks to stephen Dougan and MOD civil servants team .
    Claudio Alpaca

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