Response from Canadian Space Agency

From Public Services and Procurement Canada

Mr. Michael Wernick
Clerk of the Privy Council and
Secretary to the Cabinet
Government of Canada
80 Wellington St.
Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0A3

Dear Mr. Wernick:

This is in response to your letter of last November 2nd concerning the Phoenix pay system. We are very aware and concerned by the situation and we have taken prompt tangible action to contribute to the solutions to ensure the timely compensation of our employees.

Please note that the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) migrated to the Phoenix pay system in April 2016, but has not yet made the transition to the Government of Canada's Human Resources Management System. The CSA uses a web integrated interface for payroll processing and still has its compensation team in place.

In view of this situation, challenges persist in our organization, among them the number of files in arrears. We therefore recently added personnel which should enable us to take better control of the situation. The appendix A lists the measures taken in connection with your recommendations to help stabilize the pay system.

Be assured of our full commitment to participating in government-wide efforts to resolve the problems caused by the pay system.

Yours truly,

Sylvain Laporte

encl. Appendix A – List of measures implemented by the CSA

cc.: The Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation,
Science and Economic Development

John Knubley, Deputy Minister for Innovation,
Science and Economic Development

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