Senior execs overseeing troubled pay system could still get bonuses, Lemay says
OTTAWA - The deputy minister overseeing the federal government's problem-plagued civil service pay system says senior executives in her department could be receiving bonuses after a review of what went wrong with the system.
Marie Lemay says some lower-level Public Services and Procurement Canada executives already received performance pay last year despite the fact thousands of government workers hadn't been properly paid.
Documents tabled this week in the House of Commons show the department paid 340 executives nearly $5 million in bonuses and performance pay over the past fiscal year.
Lemay says only a handful of them _ as many as 10 _ would be working on Phoenix.
And while she said top executives in charge of the project have not received performance pay, they could still receive it once a Treasury Board review of the Phoenix system is complete.
The auditor general is currently reviewing the pay system problems, which at their peak affected about 82,000 government employees who were underpaid, overpaid, or not paid at all _ in some cases for months.