The province’s fourth disclosure of wrongdoing report was tabled in the legislature today, Nov. 25. The report, tabled by Human Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, covers the period of April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008. “Accountability on the part of government is an important aspect in our employees’ careers,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “The disclosure of wrongdoing regulations and policy ensure that our employees have a safe and reliable avenue to report any wrongdoing in the workplace.” Approved in September 2004, the province enacted policy and disclosure regulations, which build upon other protections for employees already established in legislation, regulations and collective agreements. “Our goal through the disclosure process is to make employees comfortable with reporting any cases of wrongdoing without fear of reprisal,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. In the time frame covered by the report, there were no disclosures of wrongdoing reported to deputy heads. The Office of the Ombudsman, in its annual report to the Public Service Commissioner, identified 21 inquiries received by the office related to the disclosure policy and regulations. The Ombudsman also opened two investigations. A disclosure reported at the Department of Health in the previous fiscal year was referred to the Ombudsman in 2007-08. That investigation resulted in a finding of wrongdoing and recommendations, which were acted upon by the department. The second investigation involves an outstanding issue that resulted in an investigation by the Ombudsman under the Ombudsman Act. The Public Service Commission, departments and the Office of the Ombudsman have continued efforts to raise awareness about the wrongdoing regulations and policy among employees. A copy of the report can be viewed on the Public Service Commission’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/psc/disclosure .