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Auditor General's Fall 2012 Report Highlights the Serious Risks Linked to Public Service Cuts and Outsourcing

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2012) - The findings of the Auditor General's Fall 2012 Report, released earlier this week, come as no surprise to the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, which represents over five thousand employees impacted by the government's ongoing dismantling of our nation's public infrastructure.

The report notes that the federal government spends billions of dollars on external contractors annually, without fully assessing the costs, benefits and risks involved. The situation is particularly serious at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Health Canada, two departments that together account for approximately 25% of the total federal contracting-out budget. The report also highlights ongoing concerns with Canada's vulnerability to cyber-attack, including key elements of the national infrastructure such as the federal government's information systems, our electrical power grid, and our telecommunication networks.

"The Auditor General's report hits the nail right on the head" said PIPSC President Gary Corbett. "It confirms what public service employees have been saying all along: you can't eliminate or outsource thousands of public sector jobs to the private sector and maintain the same level of safety, security and financial accountability. Canadians know that there is a very real price to pay for the government's ongoing cuts to the country's public infrastructure".

"It's no coincidence that these 2 departments have seen close to 1400 PIPSC members receive "affected notices" this year, and that hundreds more have been transferred to Shared Services Canada before a detailed plan was even in place", concluded Corbett.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 60,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Johanne Fillion
(613) 228-6310 extension 2303
(613) 883-4900 (cell)

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