Archived - Government Response to the Twenty-Second Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on Management of the Coast Guard Fleet - Letter to Chair

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Standing Committee on Public Accounts
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Colleague:

Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, I am pleased to respond on behalf of the Government of Canada to the Twenty-second Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) - Fleet Management, tabled in the House of Commons on May 23, 2002.

As you are aware, the Department was in transition at the time of the Auditor General's audit that formed the basis for your review, a transition that is taking longer than originally envisioned given the number and severity of changes faced by DFO. Added to the challenge was Canadian Coast Guard's (CCG) merger with DFO, which brought together Canada's two largest civilian fleets with their different cultures, business approaches, management models and technologies. During the same period, the CCG dramatically reduced its fleet, from 189 to some 104 vessels. In addition, CCG has to support the marine sector of the Government's new Security Agenda.

However, as we indicated in our response to the Auditor General, the Department agreed with the findings of the Audit and was already down the path of change. On the tabling of the Audit, DFO immediately created a dedicated team to work with stakeholders and clients to address the Auditor General's concerns. A Steering Committee, chaired by the Associate Deputy Minister, directed the work of this group to ensure it remained a departmental priority.

The Departmental Report and Action Plan to the Audit, as you requested, will be forwarded to you once the Government Response is tabled.

On behalf of the Government, I would like to thank the members of the Committee for their interest in this important matter and for their suggestions as to ways to improve the management of the Coast Guard Fleet.

Yours sincerely,

Robert G. Thibault, P.C., M.P.