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2006 November Report of the Auditor General of Canada

November 2006 Report—Chapter 9

Appendix—List of recommendations

The following is a list of recommendations found in Chapter 9. The number in front of the recommendation indicates the paragraph where it appears in the chapter. The numbers in parentheses indicate the paragraphs where the topic is discussed.

Recommendation

Agency's response

Areas for improvement

9.31 The RCMP should develop and institute a policy to ensure that when the RCMP requests an external investigation based on allegations against one or more of its members or employees, the investigation is not only independent and unbiased, but appears to be independent and unbiased.
(9.28–9.30)

RCMP's response. We agree. The RCMP will develop and institute a policy to ensure that the external investigations of RCMP members or employees that are requested by the RCMP are independent of RCMP influence.

9.38 The RCMP should review the amounts charged against the pension and insurance plans for work of little or no value and excessive charges to determine whether additional amounts should be reimbursed or credited to the RCMP pension and insurance plans.
(9.32–9.37)

RCMP's response. We agree. The RCMP has already begun an extensive review of all charges against the pension and insurance plans. We have also implemented ongoing monitoring to ensure that value-for-money is achieved and only appropriate charges are incurred.

9.44 As part of its internal review process for each of its submissions to the Treasury Board Secretariat, the RCMP should challenge all important program changes to ensure that business cases are complete and competent.
(9.39–9.43)

RCMP's response. We agree. The RCMP already has in place a strong process to challenge all important program changes reflected in Treasury Board submissions and Memoranda to Cabinet; all submissions are supported by comprehensive business cases, which are reviewed by the Pension Finance Oversight Committee; and additional resources are being sought through a business case to the Senior Executive Committee to further strengthen the Finance Branch's challenge role. These measures notwithstanding, the RCMP will continue to work to identify further opportunities to strengthen existing processes.

9.45 The RCMP should open the insurance administration contract to competitive bids at the earliest possible date.
(9.39–9.43)

RCMP's response. We agree. The RCMP will open the insurance administration contract to competitive bids at the earliest possible date, but not until the issue of authority related to insurance is resolved.

9.49 The RCMP, working with the Treasury Board Secretariat, should ensure that it has the appropriate authority in place to collect premiums and manage its insurance plans.
(9.46–9.48)

RCMP's response. We agree. The RCMP will continue to work expeditiously with the Treasury Board Secretariat, as it already has been doing for some time, to ensure that the RCMP has the appropriate authority in place to collect premiums and manage its insurance plans.

9.51 The RCMP should develop charging principles for its insurance plans, and review the amounts charged for outsourcing insurance plan administration according to these principles. (9.50)

RCMP's response. We agree. The RCMP will be developing charging principles for its insurance plans. Other work is also currently underway to determine the appropriate governance structure, determine the relativity of the plans, and audit the 2004 Financial Statements of the Insurance Plans.