Less than two weeks after tendering his resignation as the Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs, Paul Gray CB, is back in full-time civil service employment.
The person who has redeployed Gray is none other than his former boss who received his resignation from HMRC just thirteen days previously; Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service, Sir Gus O'Donnell.
Gray resigned from office when the news broke that HMRC had lost two computer disks containing the personal details of 25 million child benefits claimants. Many commended him at the time for doing what so many officials in recent government have refused to do; taking responsibility for the failings of his department under his leadership.
Gray now continues to be paid his old salary and his pension entitlement is unchanged it is only his new job description within the civil service that is less than clear. He is, according to Channel 4, who broke the story yesterday, now working on projects to "develop Civil servants skills".
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