Justin VS Kathleen

Q:   ***What is the difference between Kathleen Wynne & Justin Trudeau?

(We wish this was the start of a funny joke, but sadly it’s not)

A:   ***The difference is: They both surprise the heck out of us far too often on how they can waste millions of tax dollars by making irresponsible decisions with your money.

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Here Justin goes again. It’s not bad enough that the Phoenix system is messing up thousands of civil servants pay but he has decided to put bad money into more bad money and continue on a foolish plan before the present mess is fixed. When one system is obviously broken, you need to pause and fix that system, not move foreword with other similar plans.

If this blog contained all of mess this PM is making, you would be reading for weeks. All of these blogs are just the highlights.

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HERE IS A HIGHLIGHT

The Phoenix system was projected to save the government $67.2-million a year, but it’s costing the government between $15-million and $20-million to address the problem and it’s expected to increase as time goes on.

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Despite problem-plagued email, pay system, Liberals push ahead on government-wide HR amalgamation

The government wants to merge departments’ human resources, financial management, and information platforms.

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Treasury Board President Scott Brison. A spokesperson for the department said “the business case and proposals for transformation are at the initial development stage,” for the amalgamation of government-wide HR, financial, and information management. The Hill Times Photo by Jake Wright

Although the government’s email migration to @canada.ca is more than a year behind schedule with no resolution in sight, and the centralization of federal pay to the Phoenix system has left thousands in precarious financial situations, the government is pushing ahead with plans to take on an all-of-government amalgamation of human resources, financial, and information management platforms.

Tucked into the federal budget last spring was the announcement of the Liberal’s intentions to “transform” the government’s back office systems.

The budget explains that currently, government departments and agencies have their own human resources management, financial management, and information management platforms, and that “this myriad of platforms makes it difficult to assemble enterprise-wide data for Canadians, and to achieve value for money through back office efficiencies.”

Budget 2016 proposes $75.2-million over two years to support the replacement of these platforms with government-wide systems. The bulk of this—$70-million—is planned to be spent in 2016-17, and the remaining $5-million in 2017-18.

As of Aug. 4, “the business case and proposals for transformation are at the initial development stage,” according to Treasury Board spokesperson Kelly James.

The government anticipates this initiative to result in “significantly lower annual costs to operate and maintain these functions” which is much the same sentiment that the past Conservative government had in 2011 when it formed Shared Services Canada.

“I don’t think we should shy away from the challenge because I think ultimately it should provide for a much more effective, efficient system,” said Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote (Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, N.L.) in a July 21 interview. “We’ve certainly seen that in the private sector,”

The department did not answer a number of further questions on the plans to execute these amalgamations, including who will be responsible for the implementation, whether procurement of new systems is required, and how planning is being done differently to avoid the same issues seen with other government-wide mergers.

The email transformation initiative is being headed by Shared Services Canada, which is mandated to modernize government IT, including data centres, networks, and the email system by 2020.

The contract to migrate 63 different email systems to the new “enterprise email solution,”—an integrated email system—was won by Bell Canada and CGI Information Systems in 2013. The seven-year contract is worth $398-million or $56-million a year. The original deadline for having all government employees switched over to the YourEmail, or your.email@canada.ca was March 31, 2015. However, eighteen months past that deadline and with just 12 departments with mailboxes transitioned, Bell Canada still has the migration on hold.

The new enterprise-wide payroll system, Phoenix, was procured from IBM in 2009 as a replacement to a 40-year-old pay system. Since first going live in February more than 80,000 of the federal government’s 300,000 employees have reported problems with their paycheques, most of whom won’t see their issues resolved for months.

In the process of transitioning to Phoenix, the Public Service Alliance of Canada estimates the number of government pay advisers was reduced from 2,700 to around 300.

The Phoenix system was projected to save the government $67.2-million a year, but it’s costing the government between $15-million and $20-million to address the problem and it’s expected to increase as time goes on.

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