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Don't blame workers for problems at pay centre, Donald Savoie says

The furor over the federal pay centre in Miramichi, N.B. shows how the far-reaching power of prime ministers’ offices has hollowed out public service planning and management skills over the past 40 years, a leading expert in public administration charges. 726 more words

National

Not the ticket: Travel miscues plague government workers

Federal public servants have faced thousands of problems since government travel was contracted to an international agency based in Britain, an internal memo shows.

The list of woes includes: stranded travellers; itineraries for reservations that were never made; dropped phone calls; inexperienced agents who couldn’t answer questions; and extra fees. 529 more words

Local News

Does controversial IBM presentation to federal government panning SMEs still hold true today? by Jon Hansen

Nearly 9 years ago, I received an e-mail from Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance President and CEO John Reid.

In it, he shared with me the comments from a less than happy vendor who related the details of a presentation by Neil McPhedran from IBM regarding the creation of the new SME Office and the company’s views on the viability of SMEs pursuing government contracts. 262 more words

Commentary

Understanding the Changes in Defence Spending by Andy Akrouche

When news broke earlier this month that there were major changes being implemented regarding Defence spending in Canada, no one was really surprised.  Change as they say was inevitable. 105 more words

Contracting Challenges (Public Sector)

Tie bid for federal government contract resolved by tossing a coin

OTTAWA — Faced with two identical bids for a government contract last fall, officials at Citizenship and Immigration Canada opted to toss a coin to determine the winner — a rare method of last resort that is mentioned briefly in a government manual. 623 more words

Pn

TEMS/CPSA being migrated to TBIPS and TSPS

The government is eliminating two major supply arrangements and migrating their categories into other existing vehicles.  The Technical, Engineering, and Maintenance Services Supply Arrangement (TEMS SA) and the Cyber Protection Supply Arrangement (CPSA) will be migrated to the TBIPS and TSPS Task-Based vehicles during the next refresh. 130 more words

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