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Response of Library and Archives Canada Management and - Accountability Framework Assessment Round V (2007–2008)

Introduction

This document follows up on Round V of the Management Accountability Framework (MAF) assessment done by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Library and Archives Canada (LAC). For more details or to consult the assessment, please go to: [http://publiservice.tbs-sct.gc.ca/maf-crg/assessments-evaluations/2007/bal/bal-eng.asp]

Based on the vision contained in Results for Canadians: A Management Framework for the Government of Canada [www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/report/res_can/rc-eng.asp], the MAF is structured around 10 key elements that set out Government of Canada expectations for good public service management. The MAF is intended to provide managers in the public service with a specific list of management expectations within an overall framework that is conducive to strong organizational performance. For more information on the MAF, please go to [www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/maf-crg/index-eng.asp].

From its beginnings in 2003–2004, the MAF has proven to be an important tool for accountability that helps pinpoint management strengths and weaknesses within organizations. The vision of management and of the analytical framework has been defined, and the MAF has become an even more important tool for departments and agencies with respect to planning and assessing the progress made in management. Given that LAC is a small organization, the MAF assessment process occurs every two years.

In 2007–2008, TBS assessed LAC's MAF performance by analyzing 21 separate areas of management (indicators). For all of the indicators assessed, LAC earned 2 "strong" ratings (blue), 13 "acceptable" ratings (green), 5 "opportunity for improvement" ratings (yellow) and no "attention required" ratings.

TBS congratulated LAC on its efforts to improve management relating to the following indicators:

  • Values-based leadership and organizational culture (indicator 1)
  • Utility of the corporate performance framework (indicator 2)
  • Risk management (indicator 9)

TBS also highlighted the efforts of LAC to maintain strong ratings for the following indicators:

  • Effective procurement (indicator 16)
  • Extent to which the workplace is fair, enabling, healthy and safe (indicator 10)

TBS also identified several indicators for which there is room for improvement, including:

  • Quality and use of evaluation (indicator 6)
  • Effectiveness of information management (indicator 12)
  • Quality of analysis in TBS submissions (indicator 5)
  • Effectiveness of internal audit function (indicator 18)
  • Quality reporting to Parliament (indicator 7)

In response to the TBS 2007–2008 assessment, LAC is submitting this blueprint of its short- to long-term commitments. According to the MAF, LAC is implementing a specific action plan for each indicator that is intended to maintain or improve management across the organization.

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