Thank you, Mr. Chair.
We have instituted two things within the Treasury Board Secretariat based on the Auditor General's advice. First, for initiatives of a horizontal nature, we have described with greater detail in the estimates. We are also for the first time, as you will see shortly, providing information on horizontal initiatives from previous estimates as well as the current estimates, so that the tracking of funds can now be done. That's a new development.
We have also instituted some very clear guidelines inside our organization, because we're the ones that provide departments with their estimates sheets for them to sign off. Where there are specific subprogram elements that provide different parameters or additional parameters to existing programs, those will now be listed separately.
We have had a tradition of aggregating them, and we recognize that may not be as transparent or as clear. We recognize that. As a result, where there are subprograms with different parameters or additional parameters, those will then be identified distinctly. They will still be under the heading of the main program so that the funds can be tracked under the program authorities all the way through.
The program elements are also reported in departments' performance reports. They are also reported in the public accounts. Members of Parliament can see them all the way through--from the main estimates, to the supplementary estimates, to the departmental performance reports, to the public accounts.