Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's $422,207,847 !

Why does everyone seem to think that the budget of the Communications Security Establishment is $350 million this year?

Perhaps because CSE itself helpfully provides that figure on its website? Could be...

The agency's actual budget for this fiscal year is $422 million. You can look it up.

[Update 9 November 2013: Make that $460,887,980.]

To be fair to CSE, its webpage does say that the "approximately $350 million" figure it quotes was the agency's budget in fiscal year 2012-13.

Which means that it's still wrong, but not by quite as much.

(CSE's FY 2012-13 budget was shown as $387 million in the Main Estimates of that year, but its actual expenditures that year are now estimated to be about $416 million.)

[Update 31 October 2013: The final numbers for 2012-13 are now in: $414.5 million (see Vol. 2 of the Public Accounts of Canada 2013)]

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