Policy Commentary

ACFO-ACAF on Budget 2020: Integrity, accountability and judicious investment

ACFO-ACAF recently submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of the committee’s 2020 pre-budget consultationsIn our submission, we identified judicious investment in the public service combined with rigorous protection of the integrity and accountability of the financial management framework as key to Canada’s long-term prosperity and stability. 

ACFO-ACAF specifically recommended that the government: 

  • Stop blanket approvals allowing Public Services and Procurement Canada to bypass federal financial rules 
  • Invest in trained professionals to enforce existing controls 
  • Require departments to provide a business case and apply accountability standards for all external consultants  
  • Strengthen protections for whistleblowers in the public service 

We noted that some of these recommendations are low-cost measures that would help prevent fraud and mismanagement and safeguard the public purse, while others represent a prudent use of resources that will reap long-term dividends for the future 

You can read the full submission here. 

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