Disclosure of Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2013
As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. It also provides explanations on the variance from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.
Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by PWGSC are related to supporting the departmental mandate and the government's priorities.
PWGSC's mandate is to be a common service agency for the Government of Canada's various departments, agencies and boards; its services enables other government departments and agencies to provide their programs and services to Canadians. The department provides support services for:
- office accommodation and facilities;
- architectural and engineering services;
- construction, maintenance and repair of public works and federal real property; and
- linguistic, information technology, telecommunications, industrial security, consulting and auditing services.
The Minister of PWGSC is also the Receiver General for Canada and has the authority for the administration of services related to benefits, superannuation, pension plans, disbursement of pay to federal employees and the Public Accounts of Canada.
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
|Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2012
(a – b)
|Travel – Public Servants||$15,763||$18,295||($2,532)|
|Travel – Non-Public Servants||$1,458||$1,709||($251)|
|International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff||$0||$26||($26)|
Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year
This section is used to provide a brief explanation of significant variances from the previous year's annual expenditures for each category.
- Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, departmental travel expenditures by public servants decreased mainly due to:
- Measures put in place to reduce spending on Travel, such as: the implementation of videoconferencing throughout the Department; the establishment of travel expenditure ceilings and close monitoring of monthly travel expenditures by the Departmental Management Committee.
- Reduction in out-of-town training.
- Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:
- Measures put in place to reduce spending on Travel, such as: the implementation of videoconferencing throughout the Department, the establishment of travel expenditure ceilings and close monitoring of monthly travel expenditures by the Departmental Management Committee.
- Closure of the Exhibitions Program.
- Decrease in the business volume in certain areas.
- Minister and Minister's Staff: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, international travel expenditures by the Minister and her staff decreased as no international travel took place in 2012-13 in the Minister's office.
Hospitality: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, departmental hospitality expenditures decreased mainly due to:
- More stringent approval process.
- Reduction in the number of events hosted due to increased use of videoconferencing.
Conference Fees: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, departmental conference fee expenditures decreased due to:
- More stringent approval process.
- Increased use of videoconference.
- Reduced number of employees participating in these events.
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