The Merit Commissioner can only audit positions where the Public Service Act applies.  

On an annual basis, the Merit Commissioner conducts a merit performance audit that examines two types of appointments: 

  • Permanent appointments 
  • Temporary appointments over seven months

Other types of appointments are subject to special audits by the Merit Commissioner. These include:  

  • Direct appointments 
  • Temporary appointments under seven months 
  • Auxiliary appointments 

Lateral transfers and demotions are not subject to the merit principle and are not audited or reviewed by the Merit Commissioner.