The staffing level of the Office of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces is currently
- One Investigation Officer (Assistant Principle Officer);
- One Case Administrator (Higher Executive Officer);
- One Administrative Assistant (Clerical Officer).
This is the same level of staffing that I have had since the second half of 2008.
The Office of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces is registered with the Data Protection Commissioner. My Office is also registered under the Direct Professional Access Scheme of the Bar Council of Ireland.
Health & Safety
A Health & Safety Statement from my Office is in place. The Health & Safety Policy regarding the building in which ODF is accommodated is primarily the responsibility of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Irish Language Policy
The Office of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces is not currently prescribed Body under the Official Languages Act, 2003.
However, in keeping with the practice across the Public Service, the Office endeavours to provide information in both Irish and English. Annual Reports are published in both languages and www.odf.ie is also presented in both languages.
Internet Usage Policy
A policy of internet usage by staff of the Office of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces has been in place since the establishment of the Office.
Trust and confidence in procedures for dealing with cases are essential ingredients to the successful work of an Ombudsman. Strict rules governing respect for the confidentiality of all cases received by my Office have been in place since its inception.