House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (April 2015) - Statement by Jean-Denis Fréchette (PBO) to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance including post-Budget 2015 revisions to forecast
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (Novembre 2014) - Opening Statement by Mostafa Askari (Assistant PBO) to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
I welcome the appointment of Jean-Denis Fréchette as Parliamentary Budget Officer. Mr. Fréchette brings a strong understanding of the work of parliamentarians and the support they expect in addressing economic and fiscal matters considered by Parliament. I look forward to working with Mr. Fréchette in ensuring that parliamentarians receive the support they expect, as per the legislative requirements of the Parliament of Canada Act.
This paper was prepared by Tolga Yalkin and Benjamin Segel-Brown for a parliamentary seminar which took place on 29 May 2014
New PBO Report
OECD Council Recommendation on Principles for Independent Fiscal Institutions - Approved
IR0113 - Compliance Chart Revised July 25, 2013 to Include Responses Received After July 19, 2013
IR0113 - Complaince Chart as of July 19, 2013
In April 2013, I sought information necessary to undertake analysis into the 2012 federal budget. That analysis was requested by a parliamentarian pursuant to s. 79.2 of the Parliament of Canada Act. The information necessary for this purpose was requested from government departments and agencies. The first deadline for providing it came and went, and the majority of departments and agencies did not comply with the totality of my request. I informed the Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Commons. They asked me to write to the non-compliant departments and agencies again, requesting them to provide the information. That second deadline of July 19, 2013 came and went, and I have yet to be provided with all the information that I need to undertake the requested analysis. If and when I am provided with it, I look forward to performing the analysis and, thereby, discharging my legislative mandate.
Expenditure data for the last quarter of 2012-13 has been uploaded to the Integrated Monitoring Database (IMD).
While this represents all expenditures between April 2012 and March 2013, users should note that the Government will make subsequent adjustments prior to the tabling of Public Accounts sometime in autumn 2013. As such, any financial figures should be viewed as preliminary.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) (interim) has posted the data received from federal departments and agencies related to Information Request IR0113 on the website at Fiscal Savings from Budget 2012 - Data.
Key elements of the PBO information request remain unfulfilled. The additional information will be posted if and when it is provided by the government.
Sonia L’Heureux, the Parliamentary Budget Officer on an interim basis, is pleased that the Federal Court of Canada has rendered a timely decision, regarding the questions raised by the PBO in responding to Mr. Mulcair’s request for analysis.
In its decision, the Federal Court has said that the statutory mandate of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) includes estimating the financial cost of any proposal that relates to a matter over which Parliament has jurisdiction when requested to do so by a member of the Senate or House of Commons.
In light of the Court’s decision, the PBO intends to request the information required in order to respond to the request from Mr. Thomas Mulcair, M.P. We expect that the requested information will be duly provided by the government departments and agencies. If a dispute arises, the Court has said it will be available to assist with its resolution.
For additional information, please contact 613-992-8026.
S. L'Heureux appointed Parliamentary Budget Officer (interim)
Letter to Senator Downe, concerning the October 2012 request for the PBO to estimate the cost to the federal treasury of tax evasion: illegal and intentional actions taken by individuals or firms to avoid paying their due tax.
At 9 am on Thursday, February 28, 2013, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) will post a new report entitled "Feasibility of Budget for Acquisition of Two Joint Support Ships" on the Web site at www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca.
The PBO report analyzes the feasibility of the budget for replacing the Navy’s current Protecteur class ships.
Letter to Mr. Ian Shugart, HRSDC, re Costing of Bill C-464: Parental Leave for Multiple Briths or Adoptions
Budget 2012 Monitoring Framework Updated to September 2012
Correspondence with Canadian Economic Development Agency re Expenditure Monitor 2012-13 Q2
Government departments have been asked to submit proposals to find budget reductions of 5% and 10%. Parliamentary organizations have been asked to participate voluntarily. The Library of Parliament has asked PBO for a proposal to reduce its budget by 5 and 10% and to assess the impact of each of these proposals.
PBO has adopted the government’s strategic review assessment model, which involves an assessment of the resources and activities used to deliver an organization’s legislated mandate.
PBO’s activities are focused exclusively on the requirements of its enabling legislation. There are no extraneous activities.
PBO delivers on a mandate that is as broad as or broader than comparable offices in other countries, and does so with fewer resources than its peers. PBO uses its resources efficiently to deliver on its mandate largely by leveraging technology-based information, communication and publishing strategy.
Savings are possible but can only be obtained by changing the enabling legislation.
Legislative change is strictly within the purview of Parliament- PBO is not able to make any recommendation in this regard.
Media reports attributed to the President of the Treasury Board (PTB) claimed that average compensation figures contained in the Parliamentary Budget Office’s (PBO) report, The Fiscal Impact of Federal Personnel Expenses: Trends and Developments, were inaccurate. Further, PTB issued his own figures suggesting that actual average compensation is significantly lower than the PBO estimate.