Treasury Board President Anita Anand yesterday promised details “very soon in the coming days” on cuts to spending on consultants. Her remarks followed disclosures that federal managers paid $669,500 to a consultant for advice on how to save money on consultants.

“I will show very soon in the coming days the progress we are making,” Anand told reporters. “You will see that all ministries need to ensure they are doing their part to reduce wasteful spending.”

Cabinet in its budget last March 28 said it would “reduce spending on consulting.” A subsequent Inquiry Of Ministry tabled in the Commons November 3 disclosed the Department of Natural Resources paid consultants with KPMG a total $669,500 for money-saving tips on hiring consultants

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