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Alberta Treasury Board and Finance—Travel, Meals and Hospitality Expenses of the Premier, Ministers and Their Staff

Report of the Auditor General—November 2021
 

Public servants may incur expenses for travel, meals and hospitality related to government business, and can claim expense reimbursements and certain allowances. They have to follow government policies on these types of expenses, as well as policies on procurement cards and credit cards.

We established an annual rotational audit of departments’ systems for verifying that the expenses of the premier, ministers, associate ministers and their staff comply with policies and to support the Treasury Board Committee oversight process as described in our May 2017 report. This is the fifth year of our audit.

We follow a rotational approach, so that we audit each department once every three years. This year, we audited the systems at the following departments:

  • Children’s Services
  • Community and Social Services
  • Indigenous Relations
  • Labour and Immigration
  • Treasury Board and Finance

Conclusion

We conclude that all departments examined had effective processes for the period from May 1, 2019 to November 28, 2020 to:

  • verify that the travel, meal and hospitality expenses of the premier, ministers, associate ministers and their staff comply with policies
  • support the Treasury Board Committee process to oversee these expenses for the premier, ministers and associate ministers
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