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A number of Phoenix pay system replacements anticipated to get take a look at runs

The minister chargeable for changing the federal authorities’s disastrous civil-service pay system says a sequence of pay “experiments” will probably be examined alongside Phoenix.

Treasury Board President Joyce Murray is to announce the following steps at 1 p.m. ET at present towards creating a brand new human-resources and pay system for roughly 300,000 authorities staff.

For a number of months, the federal government has been working with pay-system suppliers to see which might substitute IBM’s Phoenix, which has improperly paid greater than half of all federal staff by depositing an excessive amount of cash of their financial institution accounts, short-changing them, or in some instances not paying them in any respect for lengthy durations.

Murray is anticipated to stipulate how the federal government plans to develop a brand new system.

Contracting a number of potential suppliers to check their wares specifically departments is a greater approach of making a brand new system than hiring only one provider, Murray stated Tuesday as she left a cupboard assembly.

“From my perspective, that’s the right way forward, because we’ll be figuring out the challenges before we’re going live with a new system,” she stated.

“We may have to have the old system in parallel with the new pay experiments as we go forward.”

No deadlines, value anticipated but

Whereas the federal government has slowly whittled down its variety of pay errors, the federal government pay centre was nonetheless coping with a backlog of instances totalling 239,000 on the finish of final month.

The earlier Conservative authorities projected the Phoenix system would save taxpayers $70 million yearly, however the price of stabilizing it — and trying to find a substitute system — is now estimated to have surpassed $1.1 billion.

It is anticipated to succeed in $1.5 billion, in accordance with the final federal finances, and will attain $2.6 billion by the point work is finished.

The Parliamentary Funds Officer stated final month the substitute needs to be cheaper on a per-employee foundation than Phoenix and its predecessor, often known as Regional.

The federal government is anticipated to keep away from saying a agency deadline or full value projection for its new pay system at present.

“We’re going to focus on the project as being the priority,” stated Murray.

“Budgets and timelines are not the driver.”

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