Let’s hold fed­eral gov­ern­ment to ac­count for Phoenix fi­asco

Ottawa Citizen - - OPINION -

Re: Hold­ing their horses on Phoenix move, Nov. 29.

I can’t get over the meek ac­cep­tance by the news me­dia of the Phoenix pay sys­tem fi­asco. The au­di­tor general’s re­port was a one-day won­der, soon for­got­ten. It’s not just a hor­ren­dous waste of pub­lic money by the gov­ern­ment but it’s a hor­ri­ble hard­ship for many em­ploy­ees.

Hav­ing worked in IT, I know that a vi­tal part of switch­ing to a new sys­tem is test­ing and test­ing and test­ing. Also, the old sys­tem is kept in re­serve in case some­thing goes wrong. The gov­ern­ment failed in both cases to do this.

It should be held to ac­count for wast­ing half a bil­lion dol­lars and count­ing. Just think how many beds could be added in hospi­tals and how many houses could be built for the home­less with that kind of money. Rafal Po­mian, Ot­tawa

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