Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Real Story at the Ministry of Children and Family Development

Sean Holman, (June 21, 2005). Public Eye On-line

Children and family development bureaucrats have had one
of the ministry's most precious programs removed from their
care. The provincial Liberals have transfered responsibility
for children and youth mental health to the civil servants at
health, who also currently hold the adult mental health file.
That amalgamation, which existed before the Liberals came
into office, might seem to make sense. But there are apparently
concerns within the bureaucracy that, with so many other
programs to look after, health may not pay enough attention
to the child and youth mental health plan - introduced two
years ago by then Children and Family Development
Minister Gordon Hogg.

The Young and The Restless
Sean Holman.

As Public Eye previously reported, provincial cabinet
ministers weren't the only ones who got shuffled last week.
Many political aides also did the two-step, switching from
one portfolio to another. The following is a complete list
of which ministerial assistants are where, as compiled by
our spies.

Attorney general, Jason Kuzminski
Children and family development, Sharon McKinnon
Childcare, Jennifer Burnett
Community services, Steven Puhallo
Labour and citizens' services, David Cyr and Bill Hepburn
Ministry of Children and Family Development
2005/06 – 2007/08 - Service Plan

Ministry Overview and Core Business Areas

Adult Community Living Services
[2005/06: Budget: $520,478,000 and 161 FTEs]

Child and Family Development
[2005/06: Budget: $589,842,000 and 2,734 FTEs]

Early Childhood Development, Child Care and
Supports to Children with Special Needs
[2005/06: Budget: $395,588,000 and 308 FTEs]

MCFD Resource Summary

Includes adjustment for the estimated number of FTEs
that will be transferred to community governance authorities
as the process proceeds (an estimated 250 in 2006/07 and
an additional 2,507 in 2007/08). The number of actual
FTEs transferred will depend on the timing of the transfer,
which is based on the readiness of authorities to take on

Full-time Equivalents (Direct FTEs)

Adult Community Living Services -
2005/06 - 161 FTE's
2006/07 - 2,584 FTE's

Child and Family Development -
2005/06 - 2584 FTE'
2007/08 - 77

Information Resources Management Plan -
Executive Summary
Opposition Critics
David Schreck, (June 22, 2003). Strategic Thoughts.

The Campbell government has been busy privatizing or contracting out much
of government information technology functions. There are rumours that by
the end of summer government may contract out or "outsource" more than
2,500 'servers' that are used to store their day to day work or case files
throughout government, in other words, servers that hold some of the most
confidential information in government. Lali may have his hands full if those
rumours prove true.
Minister of Finance, (May 6, 2004). Auditor’s Investigation
CareNet Technology Society and the Provincial
Dealing with Douglas F. Walls.

"MCFD recognized some on-going value of the secure network
connections for the service agencies and continued to pay for
the connections until February 2004" (p.15).

"We understand that MCFD has undertaken a new project
which would have made the CareNet project redundant in
any event" (p.15).

"MCFD eliminated the Province's account receivable from
Carenet by journal entry in the total amount of $537,180
by means of journal voucher transfer of funds from MCFD
to Common IT Services (CITS) formerly the Information
Technology Services Division (ITSD)" (p. ix).
Citrix - The "global leader" in IT access experience appears
to have been rewarded a lucrative and time limited BC
Government contract.

From job posting

Ministry of Management Services, Common IT Services,
Application Hosting Services
- The Server Administrator is
responsible for managing the installation, configuration,
maintenance and problem resolution of the hardware, operating
system, network components and layered software on the NT/
Windows/Citrix government shared and ministry dedicated
server infrastructure. This includes the following areas shared
file and print, authentication/security, e-mail, intranet, internet,
database, and custom application servers.

"Organizational change is invariably accompanied by changes in
leaders and support personnel, new ideas about what the core
business of these organizations should be, or reconfigurations in
the constellations of interests at play."

"... changes ... some combination of program expenditure reductions,
overhead and staffing cuts, contracting out ... new financial manage-
ment and accounting systems... new delivery systems... coupled
with changes in the use of technology... new administrative processes
and program requirements" (p.325-326).

Aucoin, Peter, (1998). Restructuring government for the manage-
ment and delivery of public services. In Taking Stock: Assessing
public sector reforms, edited by B. Guy Peters and Donald J.
Savoie. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

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