No one person likely to blame for federal pay system debacle, says bureaucrat

The Canadian Press
Published on January 11, 2017

OTTAWA — A senior federal bureaucrat says it's unlikely that any single person will be held accountable for the government's failed employee pay system.

And Marie Lemay, deputy minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, says she expects the costs of dealing with the pay problems to bleed into the new fiscal year.

Lemay told a news conference today that her department continues to struggle with a backlog of about 8,000 cases of government employees who have experienced problems with their paycheques.

And while resources are focused on clearing that backlog, she said the government has been unable to meet its 20-day standard deadline for new, incoming pay changes and requests.

The deputy minister said Treasury Board will take the lead in investigating what went wrong with the system, which was launched early last year.

Lemay added that the auditor general will conduct a separate evaluation.

 

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