Public service efficiency

The Harperites, under the guidance of the dry-suit guy, is gong to “unveil” (1) a plan to increase “the efficiency of the federal departments”.

Mr. Day is scheduled today to unveil a government initiative aimed at increasing the efficiency of the federal departments – which manage activities ranging from the war in Afghanistan and relief in Haiti, to income-tax collection, employment insurance and old-age security claims.

Huh, I didn’t realise we were inefficient? Haven’t all of the efficiency programs that we have been subjected to almost each and every year counted for anything or resulted in these cherished “efficiencies”?

Are we still that inefficient? After Blue Ribbon Panels? Streamlining? Corporate Business Architecture?

Man, we in the PS MUST be sooooooo incompetent! You’d think that we would by now be the smoothest and most efficient public service in the freakin’ GALAXY!

And so iut begins – Day has announced the first round of cuts by reducing the number of Governor in Council appointments by 245.

It is interesting to see where these cuts have been made.

Yes, they are patronage appointments and yes, many of these seats were already vacant, but I think this spells out the shape of things to come..

                                                            March 8, 2010

                 Reduction of Governor in Council Positions

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                                                                     Current
                                                          number         GiC
    Department/                                           of GiC   positions
    Agency              Organization                   positions     reduced
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    Agriculture and     Canadian Grain Commission              9           6
     Agri-Food Canada   -----------------------------------------------------
                        National Farm Products Council         9           2
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    Canadian Heritage   Canadian Council on the Status
                         of the Artist                        12          12
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canadian Radio-television and
                         Telecommunications Commission        19           6
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    Citizenship and     Canadian Race Relations Foundation
     Immigration Canada  and Investment Committee             24          11
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Environment Canada  Historic Sites and Monuments
                         Board of Canada                      15           2
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        National Round Table on the
                         Environment and the Economy          26           8
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Department of       Canada Development Investment
     Finance Canada      Corporation                          20           9
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canadian International Trade
                         Tribunal                              9           2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Fisheries and       Freshwater Fish Marketing
     Oceans Canada       Corporation - Advisory Committee     15          15
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    Foreign Affairs     Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada      7           2
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        International Boundary Commission      1           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        International Development Research
                         Centre                               21           3
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Roosevelt Campobello International
                         Park Commission                       3           1
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    Health Canada       Assisted Human Reproduction Agency
                         of Canada                            13           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse     7           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canadian Institutes of Health
                         Research                             19           2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Human Resources     Canada Employment Insurance
     and Skills          Commission                            4           2
     Development Canada -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canada Mortgage and Housing
                         Corporation                          13           3
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canada Pension Plan/Old Age
                         Security: Review Tribunals          400          40
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canada Pension Plan: Pensions
                         Appeals Board                        12           2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Indian and          First Nations Financial
     Northern Affairs    Management Board                     12           2
     Canada             -----------------------------------------------------
                        First Nations Statistical Institute   15           2
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        National Aboriginal Economic
                         Development Board                    20           7
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Northern Flood Agreement               1           1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Industry Canada     Business Development Bank of Canada   15           2
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canada Foundation for Innovation       7           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canadian Space Agency                  2           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canadian Tourism Commission           25          14
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        National Research Council of Canada   22           3
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Natural Sciences and Engineering
                         Research Council                     22           3
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Social Sciences and Humanities
                         Research Council                     22           3
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Space Advisory Board                  19          19
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Standards Council of Canada           13           2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    International Trade Export Development Canada             15           2
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section    1           1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Labour              Canadian Centre for Occupational
                         Health and Safety                    41          18
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    National Defence    Military Police Complaints
                         Commission                            7           2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Natural Resources   Alberta - British Columbia Boundary
     Canada              Commission                            1           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Alberta - Northwest Territories
                         Boundary Commission                   1           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        British Columbia - Yukon -
                         Northwest Territories Boundary
                         Commission                            1           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Cape Breton Development Corporation    7           7
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Energy Supplies Allocation Board       1           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Manitoba - Saskatchewan Boundary
                         Commission                            1           1
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Saskatchewan - Northwest Territories
                         Boundary Commission                   1           1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Transport,          Intercolonial and P.E.I. Railways
     Infrastructure      Employees Provident Fund              1           1
     and Communities    -----------------------------------------------------
                        Marine Atlantic Inc.                  15           5
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Parc Downsview Park Inc.              13           4
                        -----------------------------------------------------
                        Via Rail Canada Inc.                  17           4
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Treasury Board      Canada School of Public Service       15           3
     of Canada          -----------------------------------------------------
     Secretariat        Public Sector Pension Investment
                         Board                                12           1
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1) I always thought “unveiling” was a term better used for art shows, new models of cars or a line of clothing… but this?

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3 Comments to “Public service efficiency”

  1. Ken says:

    Of course the PS is inefficient, just like any other large bureaucratic organization that employs tens of thousands of people.

    Just like my old employer – one of the big banks. There were days when I wanted to pull my hair out.

    The thing that gets me is that eliminating positions that aren’t filled doesn’t save money. The position isn’t filled, so it’s not being paid for, so there’s no money being spent – hence nothing being saved.

  2. trashee says:

    Of course. It’s just a laugh that they keep using the same government-speak over and over.

  3. XUP says:

    Ya, “increasing PS efficiency” is code for financial cut-backs. You’ve been around long enough to get that, right? It’s got nothing to do with performance or output or results and everything to do with saving lots of money by cutting staff, slashing budgets, freezing salaries and not filling positions vacated through attrition. Only then will the inefficiencies really begin

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