Government of Canada - Tabling of the 2006-2007 departmental performance reports



    OTTAWA, Nov. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board, today tabled 90 performance reports on behalf of federal
departments and agencies.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to management excellence and
reporting to Parliament on departmental performance is key to this
commitment," said Minister Toews. "Departmental Performance Reports provide
parliamentarians - and through them all Canadians - the information they need
to hold the Government to account for the use of Canadians' hard-earned tax
dollars."
    Every year, federal departments and agencies publish Reports on Plans and
Priorities, which provide information on the resources and activities required
to meet expected results and achieve strategic goals. At the end of the fiscal
year, Departmental Performance Reports look back on the organizations' actual
accomplishments and spending, to assess whether their goals were achieved.
    All reports and supporting documents are available on the Web site of the
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat at www.tbs-sct.gc.ca.

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                                Backgrounder

              THE 2006-2007 DEPARTMENTAL PERFORMANCE REPORTS
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    The President of the Treasury Board has tabled in Parliament 90
performance reports on behalf of departments and agencies of the Government of
Canada(1). Reporting to Parliament through Departmental Performance Reports is
a primary means to inform parliamentarians and Canadians of departmental
performance based on plans and expected results as set out in the 2006-2007
Reports on Plans and Priorities tabled on September 26, 2006.
    The Government of Canada has introduced a new expenditure management
system that ensures parliamentarians receive improved financial and planning
information to better support their oversight role in the use of public funds.
This commitment to better-informing Parliament is reflected by the many
improvements made to Departmental Performance Reports over the last few years.
In particular, the Government has:

    - Improved linkages between results information and previous plans and
      priorities;
    - Improved alignment between results information and strategic outcomes;
    - Reduced the size of the reports by encouraging departments to hyperlink
      details when appropriate; and
    - Issued the Performance Reporting: Good Practices Handbook as a
      practical resource to departments on reporting standards.

    The Estimates Process

    The Government of Canada is committed to pursuing management excellence,
and ensuring value for money to Canadians by providing an effective,
transparent and accountable government. Consequently, the Government has
improved parliamentary reporting - in order to better meet the information
needs of parliamentarians and better support their oversight role in the use
of public funds. It is important for parliamentarians - and through them all
Canadians - to understand what the Government is doing, why it is doing it,
how much each program or service costs and what results are being achieved.
    That is why the Government tables in Parliament a variety of documents
that describe its objectives for the future and evaluate its progress against
those stated aims. This is known as the Estimates process.
    Each year, the Government prepares Estimates in support of its request to
Parliament for authority to spend public funds. The Estimates, which are
tabled in the House of Commons by the President of the Treasury Board, consist
of three parts:

    Part I - The Government Expenditure Plan provides an overview of federal
spending and summarises the relationship of the key elements of the Main
Estimates to the current Expenditure Plan.

    Part II - The Main Estimates identify the spending authorities (votes) and
amounts at the departmental levels to be included in subsequent appropriation
bills. In the normal cycle, Parts I and II of the Estimates are tabled
concurrently on or before March 1.

    Part III - Departmental Expenditure Plans, which are divided into two
components:

    1) Reports on Plans and Priorities (RPPs) are individual expenditure
       plans for each department and agency (excluding Crown Corporations).
       They describe departmental priorities, expected results and the
       associated resource requirements covering a three-year period. These
       documents are normally tabled in the spring.

    2) Departmental Performance Reports (DPRs) are individual department and
       agency accounts of accomplishments against plans and expected results
       set out in their RPP. DPRs provide information on how the department
       or agency is progressing towards its strategic goals - also known as
       strategic outcomes. The DPRs cover the most recently completed fiscal
       year and are normally tabled in the fall.

    All reports and supporting documents are available on the Web site of the
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat at www.tbs-sct.gc.ca.

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    (1) The President of the Treasury Board tables these reports in
    Parliament, but each minister is responsible for the information in his
    or her own department's report. Crown corporations do not prepare
    Departmental Performance Reports; they report to Parliament separately by
    way of annual reports.
    




For further information:

For further information: Mike Storeshaw, Director of Communications,
Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666; Robert
Makichuk, Chief, Media Relations, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, (613)
957-2391; TTY (Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired): (613)
957-9090; This news release is available on two networks: Internet:
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ ; Government Enterprise Network (GENet):
http://publiservice.tbs-sct.gc.ca/


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