Public Service Commission of Canada announces results of the System-Wide Staffing Audit – Final Report

From: Public Service Commission of Canada

Public Service Commission of Canada announces results of the System-Wide Staffing Audit – Final Report

News release

December 11, 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec – Public Service Commission of Canada

The Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) is supporting departments and agencies to ensure greater awareness and understanding of legislative, regulatory and policy requirements in federal public service staffing.

In its first comprehensive review, the PSC’s System-Wide Staffing Audit Final Report examined 386 appointments across 25 departments and agencies and found that all 25 had built into their staffing systems the changes stemming from the New Direction in Staffing.

The report found high levels of compliance with regards to merit, priority consideration, and appointment related authorities, with compliance on merit in excess of 95% for all requirements.

While the overall findings were positive, the audit points to some areas for improvement, particularly with respect to official languages obligations and the application of the order of preference.

We will continue to work towards building general awareness and understanding of the New Direction in Staffing changes to improve staffing system compliance, while remaining committed to providing departments and agencies with the information and human resources advice and services they require to appropriately exercise their sub-delegated authorities.

“We will continue to work with departments and agencies, with the human resources and internal audit communities, to ensure strong staffing oversight and protect merit across the public service.”

— Patrick Borbey, President, Public Service Commission of Canada

Quick facts

  • The System-Wide Staffing Audit had 3 main objectives:

    • to determine compliance with respect to organizational staffing system changes;
    • to determine compliance with respect to requirements during the appointment process and for appointments;
    • to gauge stakeholder awareness and understanding of requirements, and of their roles and responsibilities.
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