Public Service Commission of Canada

Public Service Commission of Canada

October 06, 2005 10:00 ET

PSC Audit Reports Point to Irregularities in Federal Public Service Staffing

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 6, 2005) - Maria Barrados, President of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada, released three audit reports and one study showing that some departments and agencies have been negligent in their hiring practices.

The Study of Personal Favouritism in Staffing and Recruitment within the Federal Public Service revealed that a number of public servants believe that personal favouritism in staffing occurs in their work unit. The study found that 16% of public servants believe that personal favouritism occurs often or always, and 29% believe that it occurs sometimes in their work unit .

"Our audit of staffing practices in the Commission for Public Complaints (CPC) Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police revealed that selection processes were designed to allow for the hiring of pre-selected individuals," stated Ms. Barrados. "The PSC has placed conditions on the CPC's delegation of staffing authorities. These will remain in place until such time as the CPC implements an appropriate staffing system."

The PSC also identified irregularities in Public Works and Government Services Canada's Industrial Security Program, in particular instances of hiring based on personal favouritism. In response to the audit, the Deputy Minister took prompt action and implemented the necessary corrective measures to remedy the situation.

The PSC also conducted an audit of staffing file documentation in a number of departments and agencies. The audit revealed an improvement in the overall quality of documentation, but noted that more improvements are needed in terms of information pertaining to assessments in selections made without competition.

"In light of the findings of the Study of Personal Favouritism and of these audits, the PSC would like to re-emphasize to managers the importance of ensuring full respect of the underlying values of the Public Service Employment Act, in particular those of fairness and transparency, as well as adequate human resources planning," added Ms. Barrados.

The PSC is an independent agency that reports to Parliament. It is responsible for safeguarding the integrity of the staffing system in the federal public service and the political impartiality of public servants. The PSC is also responsible for recruiting talented Canadians from across the country.

Please visit the PSC Web site at www.psc-cfp.gc.ca to view the Study of Personal Favouritism in Staffing and Recruitment within the Federal Public Service, the Audit of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Audit of the Industrial Security Program, Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Audit of Staffing File Documentation.


Note: The PSC is hosting a technical briefing for the media starting at 10:00 this morning.

The President will then hold a press conference at 11:00. Both events take place at the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

Contact Information

  • Public Service Commission of Canada
    Tom Kelly
    A/Director, Public Affairs
    (613) 947-7269
    media@psc-cfp.gc.ca