Twenty bureaucrats under
Politics Watch ® News Services
November 13, 2007, updated 2:35 p.m.
OTTAWA (PoliticsWatch.com) —
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is launching an investigation
into 20 public servants who once worked for Liberal and Conservative
Maria Barrados, president of the PSC, announced the investigation in her latest annual report to
"Our audit revealed 24 unsatisfactory staffing actions for the
movement of 20 public servants," the PSC report
Barrados conducted the audit because of the interest of MPs and the government following her discovery last fall that two former Liberal aides landed what she alleged were "phantom jobs" in two separate federal departments.
The audit released Tuesday examined 59 "staffing actions"
between 1990 and 2006 where public servants worked for a cabinet
minister and then returned to the public service after a year when
their previous public service job was no longer protected.
The investigation found some of the public servants were able to get
around those rules and have a soft landing in the bureaucracy after
leaving the minister's exempt staff.
"Positions were held for people who went to work as exempt staffers,"
Barrados said. "Either they were created that way before they moved or in some cases they were created while they were in the minister's office."
Of the 20 public servants who will be investigated two have already
left the public service. Only one had worked for a Progressive
Conservative cabinet minister. The remainder occurred after 1996
while the Liberals were in power. One of the public servants
being investigated has a job at the executive level, according to
Barrados told a news conference that she cannot release the names of
the 18 current public servants until the investigations are
completed. The PSC Investigation Branch will conducted the probe.
"After that we will conclude whether it's an appropriate or inappropriate appointment.
Depending upon the results of the investigation, yes, we have the
power to revoke the positions," Barrados said.
She said the entire process will take six to eight months.
As of March of this year, the current Conservative government has 47
former public servants currently working in ministers'
Barrados' audit did not examine those people.
"We're not sure whether these people who are there right now will go
back (to the public service)," she said. "So we haven't looked at those particular circumstances surrounding how they got there."
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