The appointed advocate for public sector whistleblowers not only failed to do her job, she herself engaged in "inappropriate conduct" with her own staff, the auditor general says in a scathing report.
Auditor General Sheila Fraser says Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet failed to follow up properly on more than 170 allegations of wrongdoing in the public service brought forward since her position was created in 2007.
In fact, the report finds Ouimet's office did not find a single case of wrongdoing among the 170 complaints, and launched only three official investigations.
The complaints included the case of military veteran Sean Bruyea, who has since received an apology from the federal government for the way bureaucrats handled his file.
The report states that Ouimet, the country's first federal public sector integrity commissioner, didn't implement procedures for investigating cases, and dismissed disclosures of wrongdoing without proper investigation.