Public Service Commission of Canada

Public Service Commission of Canada

May 18, 2006 12:45 ET

The Public Service Commission of Canada Imposes Conditions on the Canadian Space Agency Due to Shortcomings in Staffing

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 18, 2006) - Maria Barrados, President of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada, today tabled an audit report showing that management of staffing activities by the Canadian Space Agency under the previous Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) was inadequate.

The audit examined the management framework governing the Agency's staffing activities and transactions under the previous PSEA, and the Staffing Delegation and Accountability Agreement that the PSC and the Agency signed in 2001 and 2002.

"We noted a lack of leadership and accountability for human resources management. Human resources planning was not integrated into business planning. I was particularly concerned about the lack of impartiality in staffing, the quality of rating tools and assessment methods used, and the fact that human resources advisors and managers had conducted staffing transactions with a poor understanding of the framework governing staffing activities. In addition, the Agency did not respect the merit principle and staffing values in 48 percent of the staffing files we audited," said Maria Barrados.

In December 2005, a new delegation agreement was signed with the Agency's President. In it, the PSC imposed conditions on the Agency's delegated staffing. "Until we are satisfied that an appropriate appointment system is in place, the Agency must respect these conditions," stated Maria Barrados.

The PSC is an independent agency reporting to Parliament, mandated to safeguard the integrity of the public service staffing system and the political neutrality of the public service. In addition, the PSC recruits qualified Canadians from across the country.

The new PSEA, which came into force on December 31, 2005, allows for staffing to be delegated to deputy heads, subject to oversight by the PSC. The Services Branch of the PSC continues to provide recruitment and assessment services and guidance through its client service units located across Canada.

Related Links:

Public Service Commission web site

PSC Annual Reports

PSC Annual Report 2004-2005 - Appendix 1: Performance Expectations - Staffing Values and Principles

Current and Planned Audits and Studies

Public Service Employment Act

Canadian Space Agency web site

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