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Response of Library and Archives Canada to the Round VI Management Accountability Framework Action Plan 2009-2010

Introduction

As part of a government-wide process, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) was assessed during Round VI of the Management Accountability Framework (MAF) which was done by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). For more details or to consult the assessment, please go to www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/maf-crg/assessments-evaluations/2008/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.

Library and Archives Canada has found the MAF to be an important tool for its managers to pinpoint areas of strengths and weaknesses. Since the MAF process began in 2003–2004, LAC has used the analytical framework to improve planning and assess progress made in management accountability.

In 2008–2009, TBS assessed LAC's MAF performance by analyzing 21 separate areas of management (indicators). For all of the indicators assessed, LAC earned 3 strong ratings (blue), 10 acceptable ratings (green), 7 opportunity for improvement ratings (yellow) and 1 attention required (red) rating.

TBS congratulated LAC on its efforts to improve its performance in the following indicators:

  • Quality of performance reporting (indicator 7)
  • Effectiveness of information management (indicator 12)
  • Effective management of security and business continuity (indicator 19)

TBS also highlighted in particular LAC's strong rating for:

  • Effective procurement (indicator 16)

TBS and the Management Board at LAC also identified the following indicators as immediate priorities:

  • Utility of the corporate performance framework (indicator 2)
  • Quality of analysis in Treasury Board submissions (indicator 5)
  • Quality and use of evaluation (indicator 6)
  • Managing organizational change (indicator 8)
  • Effectiveness of information management (indicator 12)
  • Effectiveness of asset management (indicator 14)
  • Effectiveness of financial management and control (indicator 17)
  • Effectiveness of internal audit function (indicator 18)

In response to the TBS 2008–2009 assessment, LAC is submitting this blueprint of its short to medium 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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