Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2013-2014
As required by the Treasury Board Directive on 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 the Department of National Defence (DND) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides variance explanations from the previous year in each of these areas.
Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.
The National Defence Act establishes DND and the Canadian Armed Forces as separate entities, operating with an integrated National Defence Headquarters, as they pursue their primary responsibility of providing defence for Canada and Canadians. On behalf of the people of Canada, Defence stands ready to perform three key roles:
- Defend Canada - by delivering excellence at home;
- Defend North America - by being a strong and reliable partner with the United States in the defence of the continent; and
- Contribute to International Peace and Security - by projecting leadership abroad.
The Defence mandate is carried out with the support of a group of related organizations and agencies within the portfolio of the Minister of National Defence. For further details on selected Defence Portfolio organizations, please refer to National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces website: Defence Portfolio. For further information on the legislative framework within which Defence operates, please see the DND Report on Plans and Priorities.
Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Department of national Defence are summarized below:
Department of National Defence
Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
|Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2013
(in thousands of dollars)
|Travel – Public Servants||$274,222||$355,515||-$81,293|
|Travel – Non-Public Servants||$8,064||$9,519||-$1,456|
|International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel)*||$74||$119||-$45|
( * ) Includes international travel that is part of the department’s program.
Significant Variances Compared to the Previous Fiscal Year
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental travel costs decreased across all categories by $82.749M.
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental travel expenditures by public servants decreased by $81.293M, mainly due to ongoing efforts within the department to find economies wherever possible; such as utilizing alternate methods to face to face meetings (e.g. virtual presence), sending minimal delegations and reducing the number of meetings requiring travel.
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased by $1.456M, mainly due to ongoing efforts within the department to find economies wherever possible; such as utilizing alternate methods to face to face meetings (e.g. virtual presence), sending minimal delegations and reducing the number of meetings requiring travel.
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental hospitality expenditures decreased by $655K, mainly due to an ongoing effort to reduce hospitality costs across the board. Many traditional hospitality events were cancelled, combined or lessened in scope.
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental conference expenditures decreased by $826K, mainly due to an ongoing effort to reduce conference costs across the board, and explore alternate means of communicating and sharing knowledge within the various knowledge communities. For example, there has been greater use of electronic media and teleconferencing.