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Audit of the Canadian Consulate General, Dallas

(June 2003)

Executive Summary

An audit of the Political and Economic Relations and Public Affairs (PERPA), International Business Development (IBD), Consular and Administration Programs was conducted in Dallas during the period November 4 to 8, 2002. The last audit of the Mission was conducted in August 1994 and the scope of the audit was limited to the Administration and the Consular Programs. The Mission's territory is comprised of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Management of the Mission

The Head of Mission (HOM) has only been at the Mission for two months yet has made a very favourable impression with the staff. His effective leadership was immediately demonstrated in the manner in which he dealt with personnel issues affecting morale. Team building and an improved synergy is a priority with the HOM. Accountability Agreements need to be developed for all Program Managers. This will provide a baseline from which each manager can develop performance agreements with their staff to facilitate work planning and accommodate performance appraisals.

Management of the Mission - Detailed Report

Political and Economic Relations and Public Affairs Program

The PERPA Program focusses on priority areas identified in a results-based plan developed by the Geographic Bureau (NUR) and the Mission including issues such as advocacy, border relations and Trade Policy. There is no spare capacity to cover Cultural and Academic Relations. NUR has advised it is considering an enhanced representation in the US which may impact on adding incremental PERPA resources to Dallas and/or Houston.

PERPA Program - Detailed Report

Business International Business Development Program (IBD)

The IBD Program is responsible for trade and investment promotion in one of the largest geographic regions in the US. Efforts need to be concentrated on activities to improve the management of the Program. The lack of effective communications and non-inclusive management decisions have resulted in a tense atmosphere within the Program. A positive transition will require the support of outside facilitators and could be done in conjunction with training on the New Approach and the National Quality Institute management framework.

IBD Program - Detailed Report

Consular Program

The Consular Program is staffed by a knowledgeable and experienced Program Officer who has a very heavy caseload due to the large geographic area, the high number of Canadian prisoners and the increasing number of passport applications. Service standards cannot currently be achieved due to the workload. It is essential that management prepare a business case to support the need for an incremental Consular Assistant position.

Consular Program - Detailed Report

Administration Program

The Administration Program is effective and service-oriented under the management of an experienced and knowledgeable Mission Administrative Officer (MAO). An annual training plan for all staff needs to be developed taking into account Mission priorities. Service standards are needed to ensure clients know the levels and timeliness of services to be delivered.

Administration Program - Detailed Report

Recommendation Status

A total of 36 audit recommendations are raised in the report; 34 are addressed to the Mission and two are addressed to Headquarters (HQ). Management has responded to each recommendation indicating action already taken or decisions made, as well as future action. Of the 36 recommendations, management has stated that 23 recommendations have been implemented. For each of the remaining 13 recommendations, management has indicated the initiatives in progress or the intended future action.

Mission Resources Fact Sheet

Human Resources (FTEs)
ProgramCBSLESTotal
HOM112
PERPA and Consular134
IBD369
Administration066
Total51621

Physical Resources

AssetsCrown-OwnedCrown-LeasedPrivate-Leased
Chancery010
OR100
Dallas SQs103
Houston SQs0013
Wichita SQs002
Vehicles200

Note: CBS who are in Houston and Wichita are employed with the Canada Space Agency.

Financial Information (2002-2003)

Operating Budget$1,214,729
LES Salaries1,373,466
CBS Salaries (includes O/T)630,608
Capital20,300
Total$3,239,103

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Date Modified:
2008-10-31