Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CSE staff to decline -- upward

A slightly misleading headline in today's Ottawa Citizen:

David Pugliese, "New spy HQ going up, but staff numbers going down," Ottawa Citizen, 11 January 2011.

The focus of the story is the 91 CSE jobs that the government plans to privatize under the public-private partnership deal to build CSE's new headquarters.

But the implication of the headline at least -- that the number of CSE employees is about to decline -- does not appear to be true.

As noted here, CSE appears to be headed for a "staff complement" of 2000 employees or more (possibly many more) by the time its new headquarters is completed four or five years from now. That's significantly up from its current complement, most recently reported to be 1817.

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