Feds to approach private sector to replace disastrous Phoenix pay system

FILE - Public servants protest over problems with the Phoenix pay system outside the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council in Ottawa on October 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The federal government says it will take a new approach as it moves to replace its disastrous Phoenix pay system for government employees.

The Liberals say while they want civil servants and their unions to test any new system before it’s launched, the government is looking to the private sector to deliver an alternative.

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In a statement today, the Treasury Board Secretariat says it will soon launch a notice of procurement to identify potential replacements for Phoenix.

“Public servants deserve to be paid accurately and on time for their work. Anything less is unacceptable … We won’t cut corners as was done with the Phoenix Pay System,” a statement read from Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board and minister of Digital Government.

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The Trudeau government’s last budget included $16 million to search for an alternative to Phoenix, which has caused massive headaches for more than half of federal employees who have been overpaid, underpaid or not paid at all.

The Phoenix system, launched more than two years ago, was supposed to save taxpayers money but is currently on track to cost more than $1 billion.

In a report issued earlier this year, auditor general Michael Ferguson blamed the Phoenix debacle on a culture within government of bureaucrats avoiding reporting failures to their supervisors.

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