Investigations by the Public Service Commission The investigations function plays an important role in the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) accountability to Parliament by helping safeguard the integrity of appointments and by overseeing the political impartiality of the federal public service. Part 5 of the *Public Service Employment Act* (PSEA) provides the Commission with the authority to conduct investigations into appointment processes. This includes: - Section 66: Merit, errors, omissions or improper conduct in external appointment processes; - Subsections 67(1) and (2): For non-delegated appointments, or errors, omissions or improper conduct in internal appointment processes at the request of a deputy head; - Section 68: Suspicion of political influence in any appointment process; and - Section 69: Suspicion of fraud in any appointment process. Under the PSEA, the Commission also has exclusive authority to conduct investigations into allegations that an employee has failed to comply with subsections 113(1), 114(1) to (3) or 115(1) of the PSEA, that is, they engaged in improper political activity. 2016-10-31 2017-02-15 Public Service Commission of Canada open-ouvert@tbs-sct.gc.ca Government and PoliticsPSCPublic Service CommissionPSEAPublic Service Employment ActPolitical ActivitiesAppointment processesInvestigations Supporting DocumentationPDF https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/psc-cfp/documents/data-donnees/ar-ra/2016/inv-eng/inv-enq-documentation-eng.pdf Supporting DocumentationPDF https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/psc-cfp/documents/data-donnees/ar-ra/2016/inv-eng/inv-enq-documentation-fra.pdf PSC investigations into allegations of improper political activity CSV https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/psc-cfp/documents/data-donnees/ar-ra/2016/inv-eng/CFPPSC_AR5A.csv PSC investigations into appointment processes CSV https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/psc-cfp/documents/data-donnees/ar-ra/2016/inv-eng/CFPPSC_AR5B.csv

Investigations by the Public Service Commission

The investigations function plays an important role in the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) accountability to Parliament by helping safeguard the integrity of appointments and by overseeing the political impartiality of the federal public service.

Part 5 of the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) provides the Commission with the authority to conduct investigations into appointment processes. This includes:

  • Section 66: Merit, errors, omissions or improper conduct in external appointment processes;
  • Subsections 67(1) and (2): For non-delegated appointments, or errors, omissions or improper conduct in internal appointment processes at the request of a deputy head;
  • Section 68: Suspicion of political influence in any appointment process; and
  • Section 69: Suspicion of fraud in any appointment process.

Under the PSEA, the Commission also has exclusive authority to conduct investigations into allegations that an employee has failed to comply with subsections 113(1), 114(1) to (3) or 115(1) of the PSEA, that is, they engaged in improper political activity.

Resources

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Supporting Documentation Guide PDF English Access
Supporting Documentation Guide PDF French Access
PSC investigations into allegations of improper political activity Dataset CSV English
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PSC investigations into appointment processes Dataset CSV English
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