Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2013-2014

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conference fees for the Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conference fees incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to activities that support a departmental or agency mandate and the government's priorities.

Under Part IV of the National Defence Act, the MPCC mandate is to examine complaints arising from either the conduct of Military Police members in the exercise of policing duties or functions or from interference in their police investigations. To carry out this mandate, the Chairperson has the power to investigate, to cause the MPCC to conduct a public interest investigation, convene public hearings, and report its findings and make recommendations based on those findings. The MPCC also sustained its Outreach Program, clarifying its mandate and complaints processes to its stakeholders.

Detailed information can be found in the MPCC's Report on Plans and Priorities, Departmental Performance Report and Annual Report.

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the MPCC
(in dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014 Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2013 Change
Travel: Public Servants 54,951 34,722 20,229
Travel: Non-Public Servants 55,045 166,483 (111,438)
Total Travel 109,996 201,205 (91,209)
Hospitality 3,073 2,405 668
Conference Fees 5,105 8,819 (3,714)
Total 118,174 212,429 (94,255)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel) N/A N/A N/A

Significant Variances Compared With the Previous Fiscal Year

Travel

Public Servants:
Compared to 2012-13, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly due to a change in the Chairperson’s allowance. The Chairperson no longer has an allowance to live in Ottawa (i.e. Chairperson lives in Windsor, Ontario), resulting in increased travel costs between Ottawa and Windsor for both day to day MPCC business and for the Fynes Public Interest Hearing (PIH). Overall, the MPCC is saving a significant amount of funding under the new arrangement.
Non-Public Servants:
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased significantly. The high 2012-13 cost was mainly due to witnesses, complainants, legal representatives and investigators travelling for PIH's being conducted in the MPCC's offices in Ottawa.
Hospitality:
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental hospitality expenditures increased by a minimal amount mainly due to an increase in attendance for the National Public Service Week activities.
Conferences Fees:
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental conference fees expenditures decreased mainly due to the MPCC reducing the number of employees attending conferences to cut costs.
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