Date: April 22, 2008
To: Senior Full-Time Financial Officers
From: John Morgan, Assistant Comptroller General, Office of the Comptroller General of Canada

On December 12th, 2006 the Federal Accountability Act amended the Access to Information Act with the following provision:

72.1 The head of a department or a ministry of state for the Government of Canada shall publish an annual report of all expenses incurred by his or her office and paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

It has been determined that this information will be presented in the 2007-2008 Public Accounts of Canada, Volume III, Section 10.  The report will be expenditure (appropriations) based (authority A*** or B*** only) and will include all expenditures charged to the Minister’s Budgets.  Information will be presented by Minister, meaning that where a change in minister has occurred, the information must be provided and will be reported segregated by Minister.  

The expenditure data is required by both Standard Object and by Economic Object and should show total expenditures for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008.  An Excel template can be downloaded for your convenience and is based on the dry run exercise of last fall, where similar information was collected.  For further guidance on Standard and Economic Objects please refer to the Government Wide Chart of Accounts at

Please provide this information to Bill Matthews’ office in both official languages on or before June 3, 2008. The Office of the Comptroller General will review the information provided and may be in contact if there appears to be anomalies in the data provided or where clarification is required. In subsequent fiscal years, this request will be incorporated into the Public Accounts Instructions Manual and submitted to the Receiver General via the same process as other Volume III plates. 

Should you have questions, please contact Bill Matthews at or at 613-952-0931 or Nadia Lapointe-Mills at or at 613-952-0914

Thank you for your co-operation.

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