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View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for being with us again, Ms. Fraser. I just want to say up front that I really appreciated your 12th comment in the short report, concerning how complex the framework for the procurement section is, and all the statutes and agreements and policy instruments that are in place in order to have good procurement. I can tell you that in the procurement study that was done and is now being implemented, we have taken each and every one of your audits into play. Hopefully we can make the procurement less complex, more open, more transparent, and more accountable. Items like that bring to light how complex it is and how it requires a long implementation period to make sure the whole of government is operating in the same way.
I wanted to get some clarifications. Mr. Fitzpatrick talked about the RCMP in Saskatchewan, but it could be in any other province where the RCMP has jurisdiction. It's always my understanding that the agreement between the province and the RCMP, including priority areas, is something done in advance, before there are changes in regard to the RCMP, whether it's offices or headquarters or patrolling or numbers. Am I accurate in assuming that?
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
So when the priorities or special emphasis areas are established—I want to talk about it in that way, because I live in the Niagara region and we do have agreements with the RCMP on special emphasis on the border because of the high number of border items—very often the priority is not approved by the region, but there is an agreement with the regional people to understand what exactly is happening at the borders, without divulging any security items. Is that the same thing as in the large provinces?
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
Comments were made earlier by I think Mr. Fitzpatrick and Mr. Christopherson concerning horizontal work to be done. Of course, Ms. Fraser, you and I have talked about this on a number of fronts, and I can tell Mr. Christopherson that it hasn't changed for the last twelve years. There has to be some special emphasis on how to operate in a matrix horizontal operation. Is there any additional work being done to assist the government or any recommendations that you're making on that? It seems to me it's always the lead department that is always required and so forth.
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
A best model, a best practice, working with horizontal....
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
I agree with you 100%.
Mr. Chairman, I wonder if that's an area, and it was mentioned a little earlier, where the public accounts committee should do some work--best model, best practice--rather than letting it just go by.
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you Mr. Chair.
I want to go back to the opinion research when we talked about limitations of survey results, the quality. Was it in the quality document that the research was intended, or the number of respondents? Could you just clarify that for me?
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
I think the Canadian populace is getting “call centre surveyed out”, I call it, because of the explosion in call centres across our country. Even Statistics Canada is having a difficult time getting its act applied because of the number of surveys.
But I want to talk about quality. I want to talk about quality from the standpoint of continuous improvement. We've talked about it, and I think your report this time hits on a number of areas for continuous improvement. I think that's what an Auditor General's report serves really well for the departments. Where are the areas the department can continually improve to achieve a better model, a better practice?
The question I have is, in the public service, in government, is there a method that we could better apply quality or a quality index, somehow a rating, to better judge government service by department? Is that something you've looked at?
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
It's almost a combination in that the performance measures should also include how the program is implemented.
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
You could have a program where you properly do the performance measures, but you still do not necessarily have a good quality program.
I'm searching for guidance from your office. In the future, when we're doing reports, we should maybe have some special emphasis on quality. I think it's an area that you talked to us about a number of times in the past. It's time to delve into it a little more, from the standpoint of getting an improvement in the quality of the best model and the best practice for the department.
I have one more question concerning the tsunami. We've had some discussion. My understanding is that because of the way the act is written and the way it is applied, you wanted to make sure that in the future, when the Department of Heritage reports, they need to consider all those functions, including where they spent the money on other items and then played catch-up on the tsunami, whatever the situation was. Is that correct?
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
I want to thank you for your report and for continuing to look at it from the standpoint of how the government can make continuous improvements in each of the areas.
Thank you very much.
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
I wanted again to bring to your attention that the firms that have bid to do the forensic audit are only now being selected. I want to make sure it's understood that it will probably not get done by November 30. I don't want people to say the forensic audits are not available because they just got started. The bid process was done and now the winning bidder will start the forensic audit. I wanted to make sure that was on the record. I'm not saying anybody would manipulate that, but I wanted to make sure it's on the record.
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Lib. (ON)
Despite the fact that it's had some review by the CITT, and the fact that it has been worked on with a third party on the rebidding of the contract, where the government pays a lot of money for a third party to participate in the thing, I would support Mr. Allison on it.
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Lib. (ON)
At a previous discussion, when there was information that was wanted from Public Works, I offered Mr. Allison that I would be glad to assist. I put that forward again. I know you haven't contacted me since then, but if there is information you want to get, I would appreciate you bringing it up with me and I'd be glad to help out. But if I don't know that you want additional information, then how can I help?
View Walt Lastewka Profile
Lib. (ON)
If you want me to clarify it, I will, Mr. Chair.
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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Allison made the accusation once before that he made ten calls and didn't get an answer. I asked when those ten call were made and to whom, and said I would make sure the communication was there. If someone is not returning calls then I can get into it. When it gets to access to information, I'm not allowed, as a parliamentary secretary, to know anything about it via access to information. People know the rules.
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