Friday, October 26, 2018

CSE budget jumps to $682.9 million

The Supplementary Estimates (A) for FY 2018-19, tabled in Parliament yesterday, show a significant proposed increase in CSE's spending authorities of some $58 million, to $682,903,093. The Main Estimates for FY 2018-19, tabled in April, showed a budget of $624.9 million for the agency.

It takes a bit of digging through the documents to get an idea of where the changes took place, but this is roughly how it breaks down:

$624,893,953 (Main Estimates)

+ $1,923,668 (additional funding for Long-Term Accommodation Project)

- $442,771 (transfer to DFATD for liaison offices)

+ $6,941,780 (compensation adjustments)

+ $20,668,322 (operating budget carry-forward)

+ $35,703,582 (establishment of Canadian Centre for Cyber Security)


= $689,688,534

—which for reasons entirely opaque to me is actually $6,785,441 larger than the overall $682,903,093 figure reported in the Supplementary Estimates (A). Perhaps the compensation adjustment figure isn't included in the total for some reason, although that would still leave a discrepancy of over one hundred thousand dollars. I probably missed something somewhere.

In any case, the big additions are the $20.7 million carry-forward from last year's budget and the $35.7 million added for the launch of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

I'm a bit surprised we didn't see any transfer of funds from the Department of Public Safety and Shared Services Canada accompanying the transfer of personnel and duties from those departments to CSE. Maybe that will come later.

[Update 6 March 2019: Yep, the funds transfer took place in the Supplementary Estimates (B).]

Recent CSE testimony suggests the agency now has roughly 2500 people, up from 2300, which if accurate is presumably primarily a result of these transfers.

The new figure makes CSE's budget about 4.1 times as large (after inflation) as it was prior to 9/11.

[I've updated the figures above a couple of times in the hour since first making this post, but I still can't make them add up.]


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