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PACP Committee Report

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GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE REPORT OF THE STANDING
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

CHAPTER 5, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL – NATIONAL
DEFENCE OF THE SPRING 2009 REPORT OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF
CANADA


Recommendation 1:  That the Department of National Defence provide the Public Accounts Committee with a report by 31 December 2010 on progress in implementing the recommendations made in Chapter 5 of the Auditor General’s Spring 2009 Report.


The Government accepts this recommendation.  Following the release of the Auditor General’s 2009 Report, DND developed an action plan to chart its progress on implementing the recommendations made by the Auditor General.  This action plan was presented to the Public Accounts Committee on September 28th, 2009.  Some of the progress already underway includes the development of a new corporate strategy that will help establish clearer links between day-to-day activities of the Department and overall Government Direction, as outlined in the Canada First Defence Strategy; the development of a Program Activity Architecture that demonstrates how Defence programs achieve strategic outcomes; and the implementation of a new financial management governance structure with the appointment of DND’s first Chief Financial Officer and the establishment of the Defence Finance Committee and the Defence Strategic Executive Committee.  DND will continue to follow through on the action plan and will provide a progress report to the Committee by December 31st, 2010.

Recommendation 2: That the Treasury Board, in consultation with the Department of Finance, consider raising the limit on the amount that the Department of National Defence can carry-forward from one fiscal year to another.


The Government accepts this recommendation.  The Department of Finance and Treasury Board Secretariat are reviewing National Defence’s current carry-forward authority.  Treasury Board Secretariat will report back to the Committee if any changes are made to the current authority following this review.