The Federal Government's Phoenix Pay System is under attack again, this time from Canada's Auditor-General.
Michael Ferguson's report into the system that has seen federal paycheques missed and delayed calls it an 'incomprehensible failure.'
"That's how we decribe the Phoenix Project in our audit report on building and implementing the Phoenix Pay System," said Battle River-Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorenson, who chairs the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, which received the report this past week. "That audit report lists the project's missteps, so we know how the failure happened, but the audit cannot explain why the failure happened."
"I did satellite office days in Drumheller and Wainwright and I heard from many, many people about the fiasco, the boondoggle," he continued. "This Auditor-General says it's an incomprehensible failure that this government has brought on by launching the Phoenix System."
The report says the pay system for federal employees was mismanaged from the beginning and that there was no oversight from the minister's office.
"The Liberal Govermnent decided to do a launch of this pay system when they knew that there was problem after problem after problem," charged Sorenson. "He (Auditor-General) goes deeper than that; he says it's the culture of the departments and the bureaucracy that's put in place to almost make sure nobody would be accountable."
More than half of the 290,000 federal employees, including many at the Drumheller Institution, have reported problems with the Phoenix System.