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Response to Parliamentary Committees
Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)
2007 October Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Chapter 2—Management and Control Practices in Three Small Entities
This audit examined controls applied by three entities (the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Canadian Forces Grievance Board, and the Courts Administration Service) for acquisition cards, contracting, executive travel, hospitality, executive compensation, and selected areas of human resources management, as well as whether the entities’ management and control practices comply with government policies. While the final audit report notes that PCO sets the terms and conditions of employment for Governor-in-Council appointees, the report did not contain any recommendations addressed to PCO.
2007 October Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Chapter 1—Sustainable Development Strategies
In this audit, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development examined whether Environment Canada and the Privy Council Office made satisfactory progress implementing key recommendations for improvement from the Commissioner’s previous reports; whether selected departments and agencies implemented specific commitments from their 2004-06 sustainable development strategies; and whether the 2007-09 strategies of selected departments represent substantive plans for helping them progress toward sustainable development. Only one recommendation resulted. Environment Canada (as the department assigned in September 2005 the responsibility for coordinating sustainable development strategies) developed a response in consultation with the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and Public Works and Government Services Canada. In this response, Environment Canada agreed on the government’s behalf with the recommendation and indicated that a review of the current approach to sustainable development strategies is timely and could draw on over a decade of experience with the current approach and a growing body of experience and best practices internationally. Environment Canada committed to complete, in collaboration with other departments, a thorough review by October 2008 that will identify means to improve the government's approach to sustainable development strategies.
2008 March Status Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Chapter 9—Management Tools and Government Commitments—Strategic Environmental Assessment
This audit, a follow-up to past OAG audits, was done to determine whether selected departments and agencies have made satisfactory progress in addressing selected recommendations, observations, and commitments made to implement the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals. The OAG noted improvements in some areas, but assessed overall progress as “unsatisfactory.” The final audit report did not contain any recommendations addressed to PCO.
External Audits by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
October 2007 Audit of the Movement of Public Servants between the Federal Public Service and Ministers' Offices
The audit was done to determine the extent of movement of public servants between the federal public service and ministers’ offices, and whether the staffing requirements of the Public Service Employment Act, Public Service Employment Regulations (PSER), PSC policies and other applicable legislation were met for appointments of public servants returning from ministers’ offices. Another objective was to assess the risk to political impartiality. While PCO staffing actions were included in the scope of this audit, the final audit report did not contain any recommendations addressed to PCO.