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Catherine Sueur takes over as head of the General Inspectorate of Finance

A woman to replace a woman. According to several sources, she is the current president of the board of Telerama (title of Le Monde Group), Catherine Sueur, who should take the head of the General Inspectorate of Finance (IGF), in Bercy. Aged 46, she should succeed Marie-Christine Lepetit, who has headed the prestigious inspection body for ten years. His appointment, which was to be formalized at the Council of Ministers on Wednesday April 6, would finally be next week. In the pipes for several months, it intervenes in the midst of a controversy over the State’s use of private consulting firms, and while the government is counting on the reform of general inspectorates to strengthen its internal consulting capacity.

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Polytechnician, enarque and herself a finance inspector, Catherine Sueur has spent a large part of her career in the cultural, public and private sector, with the exception of a stint at the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP- HP) as general secretary in 2017. When she left the ENA in 2007, after her years at the IGF, she joined the Louvre as deputy general administrator, then The world four years later, as general secretary. Chosen by Jean-Luc Hees to support him at the head of Radio France, where she remained for three years, she has chaired Télérama since 2019. She is the youngest daughter of socialist senator Jean-Pierre Sueur.

The challenge of senior civil service reform

The new head of service will have to take up a formidable challenge: to implement the reform of the senior civil service within the IGF. Announced after the “yellow vests” crisis in 2019, it provides for several emblematic measures, which have already come into force. Thus the transformation of the National School of Administration (ENA) into the National Institute of Public Service (INSP), the end of direct access from the school to the large bodies or the extinction of some of these great bodies.

This is where the task will be delicate. Because the disappearance of that of the IGF, like that of eight other State control services, is rather badly experienced internally. Concretely, this means that no more civil servants will enter it. Those who are there today will be able to join the new body of state administrators, or remain in that of the IGF until their retirement. Future members of the IGF will henceforth only be integrated into the service on secondment or under contract and for a limited period. It will no longer be possible to stay at the IGF all your life.

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