Summary of the FactsÃÂThe Public Service Commission of Canada is responsible for providing HR services to the federal government.
ÃÂThe Staff Development Branch oversees the provision of various professional and technical courses along with senior management courses.
ÃÂThe SDB operates of a cost-recoverable basis, with courses being sold to client departments at prices similar to market rates.
ÃÂEach of the five directorates was a cost center, operating on a ÃÂbranch break-evenÃÂ basis, but expected to cover own costs.
ÃÂThe Directorate of Staff Development and Training services the Ottawa region while the Regional Operations Directorates service the rest of Canada.
ÃÂOther directorates, such as the Regional Operations and Consulting, could be sold the use of trainers from the Directorate of Staff Development and Training.
ÃÂThe internal services directorate handles the marketing and registration for the courses in Ottawa.
ÃÂThe regional trainers were responsible for course content and administrative and custodial duties.
ÃÂRegional directors and trainers actively sought out consulting work, which they carried out themselves.
ÃÂThe regional cost centers carried high overhead and travel expenses and had clients with smaller budgets.
ÃÂA review of departmental budgets issued by the Treasury Board caused many departments to cut their training budgets.
ÃÂRevenue forecasting in the regions was interrupted due to an increase in the number of cancellations.
ÃÂConflict developed between the Regional Operations Directorates and the Directorate of Staff Development and Training in Ottawa over regional autonomy and DSDT ownership of training materials, effectively stifling any open communication.
ÃÂThe Management Committee in essence concluded the regions had to use the resources of the DSDT, for which the regions would be charged.
ÃÂAfter failing to agree on standard charges, the Management Committee imposed the DSDT program demands on the Regional Operations Directorates.
ÃÂThe subsequent fiscal budgets projected the regional operations directorate accruing a...