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

PUBLIC SERVICE STAFFING TRIBUNAL
Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences


As required by the Treasury Board Directive for 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 Public Service Staffing Tribunal (the Tribunal) 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 conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandate and the government’s priorities.

In particular, for the Tribunal, this includes the delivery of the following core program:

  • Under the Public Service Employment Act, the Public Service Staffing Tribunal deals with complaints related to internal appointments and lay-offs in the federal public service. The Tribunal conducts hearings and provides mediation services in order to resolve complaints.

Further details on the Tribunal’s mandate, program activities and legislation may be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities and the Departmental Performance Report.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Tribunal are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
(a)
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
(b)
Variance
(a-b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants $55 $103 –$48
Travel – Non–Public Servants $2 $10 –$8
Total Travel $57 $113 –$56
Hospitality $1 $5 –$4
Conference Fees $13 $11 $2
TOTAL $71 $129 –$58

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

TRAVEL:

A. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012–2013, departmental travel expenditures by public servants decreased mainly due to:

  • A decrease in the number of hearings held.
  • The Tribunal encouraged a greater use of technology, such as telephone and video conferences, to reduce the resources required to participate in hearings, settlement and mediation sessions.

B. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012–2013, the Tribunal’s travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:

  • A decrease in the number of hearings heard by the part-time members during the year.

HOSPITALITY: Compared to fiscal year 2012–2013, the Tribunal’s hospitality expenditures decreased mainly due to:

  • The greater use of technology for the Interest-based negotiation and mediation training and the use of different locations for the training sessions held in person.

CONFERENCE FEES: Compared to fiscal year 2012–2013, departmental conference fees expenditures increased mainly due to:

  • The increase is mainly attributable to a timing difference in the payment for the Tribunal’s participation in the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT) conference. This increase was offset by a decrease in the number of conferences attended by the Tribunal’s staff.
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Guy Giguère
Chairperson
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Sylvie Guilbert
Chief Financial Officer