For the Quarter ended June 30 2011

Public Service Staffing Tribunal
Quarterly Financial Report
For the quarter ended June 30, 2011


Management Statement for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2011

1. Introduction

This quarterly financial report should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates. It has been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board Accounting Standard 1.3. It has not been subject to an external audit or review.

Tribunal Mandate

The Public Service Staffing Tribunal is an independent, quasi-judicial body that was established with the coming-into-force of the new Public Service Employment Act on December 31, 2005 as part of the new arrangements for staffing recourse. The legislative mandate of the Tribunal is to consider and dispose of complaints dealing with internal appointments, layoffs, revocation of appointments, and the failure of corrective action ordered by the Tribunal. Under the Act, the Tribunal is also authorized to provide mediation services at any stage of a proceeding.

Basis of Presentation

This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the department’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the department consistent with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. This quarterly report has been prepared using a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities.

The authority of Parliament is required before moneys can be spent by the Government. Approvals are given in the form of annually approved limits through appropriation acts or through legislation in the form of statutory spending authority for specific purposes.

The Tribunal uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual departmental financial statements that are part of the departmental performance reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

2. Highlights of fiscal quarter and fiscal year to date (YTD) results

Statement of Authorities

As of June 30, 2011, the total authorities available for use for the year have increased by $233 thousand when compared to the same quarter of 2010-11 -- from $5.463 million to $5.696 million. The net increase arose from a combination of increases in Vote 110 - Program expenditures ($203 thousand) and statutory authorities (30 thousand).

As per the Statement of Authorities, the net increase in Vote 110 - Program expenditures ($203 thousand) is primarily attributable to a timing difference in the approval of a transfer of funds for the operating budget carry-forward. The Tribunal received that funding, in the amount of $215 thousand, in Q1 in fiscal year 2011-12, while it received the funding only in Q2 in fiscal year 2010-11. It is also attributable to funding increase of $8 thousand for retroactive salary payments from collective agreement settlement. Increases were offset by reduction of $21 thousand in 2011-12 from the cost-containment measures outlined in Budget 2010. The increase in the statutory authorities ($30 thousand) is attributable to a rate change for contributions to employee benefit plans.

Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object

The Tribunal's quarterly and year-to-date spending are very similar to the previous year. The lack of significant difference is mainly due to the number of complaints received. A stabilization is apparent over the last four years with an average of 773 complaints per year. The Tribunal held a total of 16 hearings during the first quarter of 2011-2012 compared to 13 hearings in the first quarter of 2010-2011.

3. Risks and Uncertainties

The Public Service Staffing Tribunal is faced with both internal and external risks. The risks that the Tribunal must deal with include the unpredictability of its caseload, an aging case management system that does not meet our needs, the likelihood of greater turnover in its staff after five years of operation, the current review of the Public Service Modernization Act and the reporting burden.

As in other micro-agencies, the added demands of certain government-wide initiatives continue to pose a challenge to the Tribunal's limited resources. In order to fulfill its obligations related to these demands, the Tribunal has developed a strategic plan for the next three years, strengthened its performance measurement framework and increased its information management capacity.

The Tribunal will continue to seek innovative, cost efficient ways of addressing risks. The Tribunal will also continue to look for opportunities to work in collaboration with other Government of Canada organizations to achieve efficiencies to deliver on its business goals. This is aligned with the Government of Canada's priority of reducing the fiscal deficit as announced in Budget 2010 "Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth".

4. Significant Changes to Operations, Personnel and Programs

There have been no significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs over the last year.

Approved by:


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Guy Giguère
Chairperson


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Josée Dubois
Chief Financial Officer


Ottawa, Ontario
August 29, 2011


PUBLIC SERVICE STAFFING TRIBUNAL
Quarterly Financial Report
For the quarter ended June 30, 2011

Statement of Authorities (unaudited)

Fiscal year 2011-2012 (in dollars)
Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2012 * Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2011 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 110 - Program expenditures 5,119,678 967,410 967,410
Budgetary statutory authorities 576,918 144,230 144,230
       
Total authorities 5,696,596 1,111,640 1,111,640

Fiscal year 2010-2011 (in dollars)
Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2011 * Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2010 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 115 - Program expenditures 4,916,511 1,004,682 1,004,682
Budgetary statutory authorities 546,807 136,702 136,702
       
Total authorities 5,463,318 1,141,384 1,141,384

* Includes only Authorities available for use and granted by Parliament at quarter-end.



PUBLIC SERVICE STAFFING TRIBUNAL
Quarterly Financial Report
For the quarter ended June 30, 2011

Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

Fiscal year 2011-2012 (in dollars)
Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012 Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2011 Year to date used at quarter-end
Expenditures:
Personnel 3,782,020 994,364 994,364
Transportation and telecommunications 516,936 38,570 38,570
Information 95,729 6,260 6,260
Professional and special services 689,247 47,546 47,546
Rentals 402,061 19,212 19,212
Repair and maintenance 19,146 303 303
Utilities, materials and supplies 76,583 887 887
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 114,874 4,545 4,545
Other subsidies and payments - (47) (47)
       
Total net budgetary expenditures 5,696,596 1,111,640 1,111,640

Fiscal year 2010-2011 (in dollars)
Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011 Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2010 Year to date used at quarter-end
Expenditures:
Personnel 3,763,318 1,031,825 1,031,825
Transportation and telecommunications 330,000 46,028 46,028
Information 60,000 4,419 4,419
Professional and special services 710,000 27,516 27,516
Rentals 200,000 25,853 25,853
Repair and maintenance 30,000 250 250
Utilities, materials and supplies 60,000 4,764 4,764
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 150,000 942 942
Other subsidies and payments 160,000 (213) (213)
       
Total net budgetary expenditures 5,463,318 1,141,384 1,141,384