ARCHIVED - Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences - For the period ending March 31, 2014

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As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by AANDC are related to supporting the departmental mandate and the government’s priorities.

AANDC’s mandate is to support Aboriginal people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to:

Travel by public servants includes visits to Aboriginal and Northern communities for the purpose of negotiations, inspections and monitoring of construction projects, as well as travel for internal meetings for planning and staff development.

Travel by non-public servants includes the travel by individuals participating in the adjudication of claims under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and for events organized by the Truth Reconciliation Commission.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for
the year ending
March 31, 2014
Expenditures for
the year ending
March 31, 2013
Variance
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel:      
  Travel - Public Servants $ 14,588 $ 19,562 $ (4,974)
  Travel - Non-Public Servants $ 7,045 $ 7,364 $ (319)
Total Travel $ 21,633 $ 26,926 $ (5,293)
Hospitality $ 507 $ 599 $ (92)
Conference Fees $ 263 $ 321 $ (58)
Total $ 22,403 $ 27,846 $ (5,443)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Travel

  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental travel expenditures by public servants decreased mainly due to:
    • Setting a cost savings target, close monitoring of expenditures against this target, and by increasing the use of technology, such as teleconferencing and videoconferencing.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:
    • Cost reduction measures put in place in 2013-2014 to reduce travel related costs associated with management and operational activities.

Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental hospitality expenditures decreased mainly due to:

Conference Fees:

Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental conference fees expenditures decreased mainly due to:


Approval by Senior Officials

Approved, in accordance with the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures:

Colleen Swords
Deputy Minister
Pamela d’Eon
Acting Chief Financial Officer

Gatineau, Canada

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