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ISSN 1490-1498

President's Message

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I am pleased to present the 2012–13 Departmental Performance Report for the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

In 2012–13, the Secretariat continued to support the modernization of the Government of Canada through cost savings in government operations, by making it easier for Canadians to access information and services, and by managing people more effectively to enhance performance.

During the year, our organization, like every other federal department, implemented savings measures announced in Economic Action Plan 2012. In this process, the Secretariat achieved its own savings and supported ministers and departments in implementing ongoing annual savings of $5.2 billion, primarily through achieving greater operational efficiencies and enhancing productivity.

In addition, we improved the way our Government serves Canadians and businesses. For example, we announced Canada's Action Plan on Open Government with 12 commitments that support open information, open data and open dialogue with Canadians. We also focused on removing business irritants that burden Canadian businesses with unnecessary delays, costs and bureaucracy through initiatives such as the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan – one of the most far-reaching and ambitious plans in the world. This plan includes a “One-for-One” Rule that effectively caps the administrative costs of businesses in complying with federal government regulation. The Secretariat also took the lead in modernizing the Government of Canada's online presence. It has developed a Web Renewal Action Plan that will make it easier for Canadians to access government services and information on the Web and through social media.

Streamlining the government's internal operations has been another important priority. To that end, we are pursuing the standardization and consolidation of systems and processes for human resources and financial management. We are also ensuring that the government has the right policies in place to support a government-wide approach to IT infrastructure through Shared Services Canada – one that can drive economies of scale, achieve savings for taxpayers and improve service.

As stated in Economic Action Plan 2013, we are also committed to creating a high-performing and dynamic public service. As part of this, the Secretariat has developed a new performance management initiative, which will ensure that the performance of public service employees is tracked and employed to its fullest potential. It also designed a strategy to improve disability management, which is focused on active case management and proper support for ill and injured employees so they can return to work in a timely way. These reforms complement others such as the introduction of a 50-50 cost sharing for public-sector pension contributions, and the elimination of severance pay to public servants for voluntary departures.

Through these and other measures, the Secretariat is continuing to support productivity and efficiency in the public service to provide Canadians the best value for tax dollars. I invite you to read the 2012–13 Departmental Performance Report to see how the Secretariat is contributing to the modernization of the Government of Canada for the 21st century.

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The Honourable Tony Clement
President of the Treasury Board