Reference Number: CRA-2018-Q2-0001
Organization: Canada Revenue Agency
File Identification Number: 17-0008
File Identification Date: 2017-12-11
Findings and Conclusions: a serious breach of a code of conduct established under section 5 or 6
Case Description: The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)’s Senior Officer for Internal Disclosures received a disclosure of wrongdoing under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA) on December 11, 2017 concerning a perceived conflict of interest. Allegations were made against an employee of the CRA related to the following category of wrongdoing under the PSDPA: a serious breach of the Agency's Code of Conduct. After conducting a preliminary analysis which included discussions with subject matter experts in CRA, the Senior Officer for Internal Disclosures engaged the services of the Internal Affairs and Fraud Control Division of the Security and Internal Affairs Directorate, Finance and Administrative Branch of CRA to conduct a full investigation under the provisions of the PSDPA. The investigation showed that the employee failed to comply with CRA's Code of integrity and professional conduct and the Directive on Conflict of interest, gifts and hospitality, and post-employment.
Recommendations and Corrective Measures: Recommendations with respect to corrective actions included: to initiate the appropriate disciplinary measures against the employee in question for the failure to comply with the code and the directive, and, to ensure all CRA staff are reminded of their responsibilities concerning real or perceived conflicts of interest. The recommendations were accepted by the Commissioner of CRA and appropriate disciplinary measures were taken. In addition, a message to all CRA employees was sent out to remind them of their responsibilities concerning real or perceived conflicts of interest.