The Office was set up to administer the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (the Act), which came into force in April 2007. The Office is mandated to establish a safe, independent, and confidential process for public servants and members of the public to disclose potential wrongdoing in the federal public sector. The Office also exists to help protect from reprisal those public servants who have filed disclosures or participated in related investigations.
In order to fulfill this mandate the Office incurs travel, hospitality and conference expenditures to carry out operational activities, such as conducting interviews during an investigation or attending conferences to inform public servants of the Act and the role of the Office. The travel, hospitality and conference expenditures in 2014-15 were $38K, which were $1K (3%) higher than the prior year expenditures. The travel spending to support the core mandate and to engage stakeholders decreased in 2015, while conference fees increased as the Office paid for two employees to attend the APEX conference.
Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada are summarized below:
(in thousands of dollars)
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014||Variance|
|Travel - Public Servants||29||35||(6)|
|Travel - Non-Public Servants||3||1||2|