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Audit of Promotion and Succession Planning of Research Scientists

April 26, 2016

Office of Audit and Evaluation


Executive summary

The Science and Technology Branch's (STB) workforce includes employees from the Science and Professional occupational categories. This includes approximately 385 employees occupying positions in the Scientific Research group – Research Scientists sub-group (SE-RES).

The promotion of SE-RES Research Scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is an incumbent-based process, aligning with the Career Progression Management Framework for Federal Researchers. The Framework was adopted by AAFC in 2006.

In terms of succession planning, over 40% of the employees in the Scientific Research group – Research Scientists sub-group are eligible to retire in the next 3 yearsFootnote 1.

The audit of Succession Planning and Promotion of Research Scientists was included in the 2015-2018 Risk-Based Audit Plan. The audit focused on whether effective management frameworks are in place for promotion and succession of research scientists at AAFC.

The audit determined that there were opportunities for improvement in the management framework in place for promotion of research scientists and weaknesses in the management framework in place for succession planning of research scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

The audit recommendations, addressed to the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), STB, are as follows:

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Background

1.2 Audit objective

1.3 Audit scope

1.4 Audit approach

1.5 Conclusion

1.6 Statement of conformance

2.0 Detailed observations, recommendations and management responses

2.1 Promotion processes for research scientists

2.2 Succession planning for research scientists

Annex A: Audit criteria

Annex B: Acronyms

AAFC
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
ADM
Assistant Deputy Minister
DCPRC
Departmental Career Progression Review Committee
IRM
Independent Recourse Mechanism
SE-RES
Scientific Research group – Research Scientists sub-group
STB
Science and Technology Branch
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