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 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 2015-16 were $19,800 (50%) higher than the previous year's expenditures. Travel spending to support the core mandate and to engage with stakeholders increased by $16,300 (51%) in 2015-16. Conference fees increased by $3,600 (97%), mainly as a result of renting a corporate exhibition booth at the Financial Management Institute of Canada's Professional Development Week to promote the Office activities.
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, 2016||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015||Variance|
|Travel - Public Servants||42.4||28.8||13.6|
|Travel - Non-Public Servants||5.6||2.9||2.7|