The program, which was originally conceived in the United Kingdom, is meant to boost diversity in the STEM research ranks. Canada's program will be broader, incorporating both colleges and universities, tracking a variety of equity groups, and including all disciplines, rather than just STEM.
Originally meant to streamline pay, Phoenix has left public servants overpaid, underpaid, and not paid at all since February 2016—and so far, the government has spent over $1.2-billion trying to fix it.
Marta Morgan moves from heading Immigration to Foreign Affairs, while Gina Wilson, believed to be the highest-ranking female Indigenous federal public servant, is the new deputy minister of public safety.
Since the Liberals took power in 2015, the public service has grown from 257,034 to 273,571 people in 2018, with the biggest boost coming between 2017 and 2018.
Some employees have no designated desks, leaving little space for personal belongings or accessibility accommodations, say critics. But the government says the change is meant to design workspaces around client department needs and allow for flexibility.
The government’s new artificial intelligence directive is welcome, says tech CEO Wallace Trenholm, but there needs to be a bigger focus on how data is collected and used.
Incoming PCO clerk Ian Shugart’s resume means he will have an easy transition, say public service observers, with no impact on the bureaucracy's election transition work.
The government’s procurement process is too prescriptive, says ITAC’s Andre Leduc, making tech equipment out of date by the time it arrives.