On 17th November 2011, the government published its Public Service Reform Plan, that included a programme of State Agency rationalisation. As part of this programme of rationalisation the Expert Group on Future Skills was nominated for Critical Review.
On 1st July 2013. the 33 Vocational Education Committees (VECs) were dissolved and replaced by 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs).
In order to ensure effective oversight of implementation of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 the Department of Education and Skills has established an Implementation Oversight Group.
The provision of quality evidence-based policy advice, as a support to the Minister and the Government and as an aid to decision-making and accountability to the Houses of the Oireachtas, is a crucial element of the service provided by the Department of Education and Skills.
The School Transport Appeals Board in an Independent Body appointed by the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills.
The Student Grants Appeals Board reviews appeals from applicants, under the 2011 Student Grant Scheme onwards, in relation to the decision on their grant application.
Replaced by 16 new Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on 01 July, 2013