Since I’ve been talking about following the money this morning ( scroll down for the Canwest story), how about we take a look at how the RCMP spend theirs.
In an effort to improve public confidence in the administration of public funds,the government of Canada implemented a policy in 2004, of proactive disclosure on many items relating to the use of public funds, including contracts over $10,000.00.
This included and applies to The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who post their disclosures online HERE.
I must say, some of the contract explanations are somewhat vague, and others are simply plunked under the classification, ” miscellaneous expenditures”, which really could be anything. Suffice it to say, some of these contracts could use a little clarification- in the name of ‘proactive disclosure’…
A look at their contracts over $10,000.00 for the first quarter of this year alone), is staggering !! I had no idea the RCMP were so flush. Here is an example of just one:
Vendor Name: CONTEMPORARY SECURITY CANADA INC.
Reference Number: 7144394
Contract Date: 2009 -05-04
Description of Work: 859 – Other business services not elsewhere specified
Contract Period: 2009-05-04 to 2010-03-31
Delivery Date: 2010-03-31
Contract Value: $97,419,000.00
Comments: Standard PO. This contract was competitively sourced.
Perhaps it is just me, but there seems to be a large number of security contracts that end at the end of March, 201o…however, if you look back at older disclosures,you can see that the RCMP routinely spend a large amount on security contracts with various companies.
So, if you have a bit a time of you hands today, hit that link above and take a look at where – and how -the RCMP spend their dimes.You just might find something…interesting.
And if you really want to see how those upper level executive type RCMP practice fiscal restraint, check out their TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY REPORTS…. and read the comments section below this post for some expenditures that I found questionable at best.
(But make sure before you go, that you scroll down a little more and check out that Canwest story for the ultimate choke.)