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President's Message

A photograph of the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

I am pleased to present the 2011–12 Departmental Performance Report of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in an electronic format. This marks a significant, innovative step in modernizing and rendering more accessible and efficient departmental reporting on performance.

In the past year, the Secretariat has played a leading role in advancing the transformation of government into a leaner and more efficient organization, with a focus on containing costs, modernizing processes through IT innovation and strengthening the approach to people management.

The Secretariat supported ministers in leading a comprehensive review of direct program spending across federal departments and agencies. The results, announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, have set the stage to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations and programs, as well as ensure value for taxpayers' money.

The Secretariat also made progress in enhancing productivity and in modernizing the way the government interacts with and serves Canadians and businesses. For example, we have been removing costly and unnecessary duplication and paperwork for business as part of the Government's ongoing efforts to reform Canada's regulatory system. We announced the "One-for-One" Rule which will reduce the time and resources businesses spend to comply with government regulations. It will do this by requiring regulators to offset an administrative burden of equal value each time they impose a new one. In addition, the Secretariat focused on expanding the number of datasets available on the government's Open Data portal and worked on making the site more accessible and usable for Canadians as part of the Open Government initiative. It also contributed to the creation of Shared Services Canada.

The Secretariat strengthened and updated the approach to people management across government to reflect current realities by issuing the new Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector, by meeting the government's commitment to bring public service compensation in line with private and other public sectors, and by continuing the implementation of a government-wide Common Human Resources Business Process. In addition, the Secretariat played an important role in supporting and advising deputy heads as they managed the impacts of fiscal restraint and prepared for workforce reductions.

These reforms, among many others, reflect a strong commitment to fundamentally change the role of the public service and how it serves citizens. I invite you to read this report to learn more about the progress that the Secretariat is making in supporting and driving this process of renewal based on a clear vision for the future.

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The Honourable Tony Clement
President of the Treasury Board and Minister for FedNor