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Table 13: Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits

Response to Parliamentary Committees
During the period April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008, the Agency contributed to two responses to Parliamentary Committee Reports, as follows:


Response to the preliminary findings of the Standing Committee on Human Rights, Employment Equity in the Federal Public Service – Not There Yet.

In spring 2007, the Agency was invited to provide feedback to the Committee regarding its preliminary findings on employment equity in the Public Service.

Responding in the form of a letter, the Agency noted both the progress achieved and the challenges remaining in moving toward a fully representative Public Service workforce.

The Agency reports to Parliament annually on this issue through the tabling of its Annual Report on Employment Equity.

Government Response to the Eighth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, Relocation of Head Offices of Federal Institutions: Respect for Language Rights. Response tabled in October 2007.

Working in collaboration with Canadian Heritage, the Agency contributed to the overall response in highlighting the Government's adoption of the Implementation Principle on the Language of Work, a measure that safeguards the linguistic rights of employees who choose to move when a head office relocates from a bilingual region to a unilingual region. The Agency continues to monitor the use of the implementation principle.

Responses to Parliament (Senate Committees) can be located by contacting the Journals Branch of the Senate, or alternatively, by contacting the Agency's Communications Branch.

Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)
Sustainable Development Strategy:

See Table 12 on the SDS. The Office of the Auditor General, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD), does annual audits of departmental SD Strategies. This year, the CESD audited the Agency's target for increasing its waste diversion from landfill. The report was to be tabled in Parliament in the fall but, due to the election, it was postponed until early December 2008.

Governance of small federal entities:

The Office of the Auditor General informed the Agency on July 13, 2007, of its audit of the governance of small federal agencies. The Agency received a draft of the audit on June 24, 2008, and its suggested amendments were reflected in the second draft of September 9, 2008. The audit report has not been tabled in Parliament yet due to the general elections in the fall, so we are unable to share any official documents at this stage.

External Audits (Note: These refer to other external audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)