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Standing Committee on Public Accounts
House of Commons / Chambre des communes
Comité permanent des comptes publics

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Federal Government Needs to Examine Accountability Regime or Risk Future Failures

Ottawa, October 24, 2018 -

Without improving its accountability regime, the Government of Canada risks future failures such as the Phoenix Pay System, according to a report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts presented today by the Honorable Kevin Sorenson, Chair of the Committee.

A Message from the Auditor General of Canada was included in the Spring 2018 Reports of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. This message explored “the cause of incomprehensible failures in government,” and addressed several themes pertaining to the administration of the federal government, its culture, and associated challenges.

In addition to contributions from Michael Ferguson (Auditor General of Canada), this report includes testimony from Michael Wernick (Clerk of the Privy Council) and Peter Wallace (Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada); it also includes summaries of comprehensive studies aimed at improving public administration.

The report makes three recommendations that will help the Government address challenges raised in the Auditor General’s Message.

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For more information, please contact:
Angela Crandall, Clerk of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Tel: 613-996-1664