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Response of Library and Archives Canada to the Round VII Management Accountability Framework
Action Plan 2010-2011

Management Accountability Framework (MAF)

Questions and Answers

Q.1 What is the Management Accountability Framework?

A.1 Based on the vision articulated in Results for Canadians: A Management Framework for the Government of Canada, the Management Accountability Framework (MAF) is structured around 10 key elements that collectively define "management" and establish the expectations of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for good public service management. The MAF was developed to provide senior public service managers with a specific list of management expectations within an overall framework for high organizational performance. Please refer to the TBS website for details

Q.2 What are the highlights of the TBS assessment of LAC's performance?

A.2 In 2009–2010, TBS assessed LAC's MAF performance by analyzing 14 separate Areas of Management (AoMs). For all of the AoMs assessed, LAC earned 7 "acceptable" ratings (green) and 7 "opportunity for improvement" ratings (yellow).
LAC has made progress in four areas in comparison with last year's assessment, while performance has worsened in two areas. In one AoM there was significant decrease, from "strong" to "opportunity for improvement".

These two AoMs are:

  • Effectiveness of Corporate Risk Management (AoM 9)
  • Effective Management of Security and Business Continuity (AoM 19)

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

  • Effectiveness of the Corporate Management Structure (AoM 3)
  • Quality of TB Submissions (AoM 5)
  • Managing Organizational Change (AoM 8)
  • Effectiveness of Asset Management (AoM 14)

Q.3 Why has LAC developed an action plan for the Management Accountability Framework?

A.3 In response to this assessment, LAC has developed an action plan that focuses on all of the AoMs but emphasizes on the five management priorities that follow :

  • Managing Organizational Change (AoM 8)
  • Effectiveness of Information Management (AoM 12)
  • Effectiveness of Financial Management and Control (AoM 17)
  • Effectiveness of Internal Audit Function (AoM 18)
  • Effective Management of Security and Business Continuity (AoM 19)

LAC is implementing this action plan to improve management across the organization.

Richard Provencher
Chief Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada

Mark Melanson
Senior Director General
Corporate Resourcing Branch