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Statement outlining results, risks and significant changes in operations, personnel and program
The quarterly financial report for the National Energy Board (NEB or Board):
- should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates;
- has been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board; and
- has not been subject to an external audit or review.
The Board's top priorities are the continual improvement of safety and environmental outcomes, a robust regulatory framework for the North, and a flexible and efficient organization able to meet new and ongoing priorities.
A summary description of the NEB’s program activities can be found in Part II of the Main Estimates.
The NEB receives most of its funding through annual Parliamentary authorities. The majority of these expenditures are subsequently recovered from the companies regulated by the NEB and the funds are deposited in the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Canada.
Basis of Presentation
This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the National Energy Board’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the department, consistent with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates for the 2013-14 fiscal year. This quarterly report has been prepared using a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities.
The authority of Parliament is required before moneys can be spent by the Government. Approvals are given in the form of annually approved limits through appropriation acts or through legislation in the form of statutory spending authority for specific purposes.
The National Energy Board uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual departmental financial statements that are part of the departmental performance reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.
Highlights of Fiscal Quarter and Fiscal Year to Date Results
Year to date personnel spending at the end of the second quarter is $2.5M greater than the same period in the previous year as a result of additional staffing outlined in Budget 2012. Additional information can be found in the Budget 2012 Implementation section of this document.
Transportation and communication and information spending decreased a total of $1.0M in 2013-14 from the previous year. Expenditures in these areas were greater in 2012-13 due to activity related to the Northern Gateway hearing. Professional and special services expenditures are $2.7M greater as compared to the same period in 2012-13. The majority of this increase is related to charges for the NEB office relocation that will take place in fiscal year 2014-15.
Additional funding of $18.9M was received in Q3 and allocated as follows:
- $5.6M allocated to personnel expenditures related to eligible paylist reimbursements and funding to cover 2013-14 salary allowances.
- Additional funding of $12.3M for the NEB office relocation that will take place in fiscal year 2014-15. This funding was allocated to professional and special services ($0.4M), rentals ($3.3M), acquisitions of land, buildings and works ($7.8M) and acquisition of machinery and equipment ($0.8M).
- The 2012-13 operating budgets carry forward of $1.0M was also received in Q3 and the majority of this was allocated for IT related projects.
The allocation of this additional funding in Q3 resulted in significant variances in the areas of rentals and acquisition of land, buildings and works related to the office move. The other significant variance in 2013-14 planned spending is the reduction in transfer payments of $2.2M. The NEB’s Participant Funding Program received an additional $3.0M in special purpose funding in the previous year. Subsequently the projects associated with this one time funding were postponed and the $3.0 has been reprofiled; $0.75M was allocated to 2013-14 and $2.25M has been allocated to 2014-15.
Risks and Uncertainties
The NEB operates within an evolving economic, environmental and social landscape and due to the nature of its mandate the NEB’s expenditures are influenced by planned and unplanned events (internal and external) that create uncertainty in expenditures and resource pressures. Parliamentarians and the public continue to show increased interest in the energy industry and concern regarding the safety and environmental impacts of energy pipeline incidents. The NEB has responded to this concern by increasing their work in the area of safety and environment compliance and enforcement. There has also been an increase in public hearings and requests under the Access to Information Act. As well, the NEB acquired new responsibilities as a result of changes to the NEB Act by the passing of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act.
The skills and experience needed by the NEB to fulfill its mandate are in high demand throughout the oil and gas industry. The NEB has experienced increasing attrition rates and non-productive staffing processes, highlighting the very competitive recruitment environment for skilled staff within the energy sector. To mitigate this risk, the NEB has initiated a strong and strategic focus on recruitment and retention to ensure it has the right people, at the right time, for the right jobs.
Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs
The approval of additional personnel to enhance priority processes for the National Energy Board has resulted in an increase to NEB authorities.
Approval has been received to relocate the NEB offices in 2014-15. The cost of this move will result in additional one-time authorities of $12.3M in 2013-14 (received in Q3 through Supplementary Estimate (B)) and $8.4M in 2014-15.
Budget 2012 Implementation
This section provides an overview of the savings measures announced in Budget 2012 that will be implemented in order to refocus government and programs; make it easier for Canadians and business to deal with their government; and, modernize and reduce the back office.
The NEB was unaffected by the savings measure announced in Budget 2012. Conversely the department received additional funding to strengthen pipeline safety. Inspections increased from 100 to 150 per year and the number of annual comprehensive audits doubled from 3 to 6.
Approval by Senior Officials
The original version was signed by
Gaétan Caron, Chair and CEO
(21 February 2014)
Ed Jansen, Chief Financial Officer
STATEMENT OF AUTHORITIES (unaudited)
|Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014||Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2013||Year to date used at quarter-end|
|Contributions to employee benefit plans||7,195||1,799||5,396|
|Total Budgetary authorities||81,221||16,959||51,585|
More information is available in the attached table.
|Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013||Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2012||Year to date used at quarter-end|
|Contributions to employee benefit plans||6,520||1,624||4,871|
|Total Budgetary authorities||72,979||16,799||47,460|
More information is available in the attached table.
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGETARY EXPENDITURES BY STANDARD OBJECT (unaudited)
|(in thousands of dollars)||Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014||Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2013||Year to date used at quarter-end|
|Transportation and communications||3,524||851||2,168|
|Professional and special services||6,575||2,004||6,674|
|Repair and maintenance||471||35||533|
|Utilities, materials and supplies||471||86||229|
|Acquisition of land, buildings and works||7,822||-||-|
|Acquisition of machinery and equipment||1,750||39||187|
|Public debt charges||-||-||-|
|Other subsidies and payments||72||(17)||13|
|Total gross budgetary expenditures||81,221||16,959||51,585|
|(in thousands of dollars)||Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013||Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2012||Year to date used at quarter-end|
|Transportation and communications||3,898||1,233||2,845|
|Professional and special services||6,897||1,683||3,959|
|Repair and maintenance||1,041||37||332|
|Utilities, materials and supplies||699||161||307|
|Acquisition of land, buildings and works||-||-||-|
|Acquisition of machinery and equipment||1,397||122||248|
|Public debt charges||-||-||-|
|Other subsidies and payments||455||29||115|
|Total gross budgetary expenditures||72,979||16,799||47,460|
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