Integrity commission tries to mend broken image

Federal whistleblowing agency ‘still reeling from shock’ of critical auditor general’s report
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/19/2011

Mario Dion had a daunting task ahead of him when he became the interim commissioner of the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commission of Canada (PSIC) in December 2010.

The federal agency — set up in 2007 so federal public servants and members of the public could disclose potential wrongdoing in the public sector — was dealt a blow when an auditor general report revealed the office only conducted a few formal investigations despite receiving hundreds of disclosures of wrongdoing and complaints of reprisal in its first few years.

In addition, the previous commissioner, Catherine Ouimet, was found at fault concerning her interactions with staff, reprisals against employees and the performance of her functions.