According to its most recent service plan, the public service agency's "mandate is to provide human resource leadership for the ministries and agencies and the 30,000 employees workings to serve British Columbians" - or perhaps not. The reason: earlier, we exclusively reported the government is projecting demographic forces will reduce the bureaucracy by 30 to 57 percent over the next ten years. But, according to a freedom of information request filed by Public Eye, the agency doesn't have any records concerning how that projection was calculated. Nor does it have any records assessing the impact such a reduction will have on the bureaucracy. Instead, it's the premier office that holds the documents that forecast is based on. But it's charging $240 just to located and retrieve them.
June 2, 2009