Evaluation of the First Nations Infrastructure Fund - Follow-up Report Status Update as of September 30, 2014
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Action Plan Implementation Status Update Report to the Evaluation, Performance Measurement and Review Committee - As of September 30, 2014
|1. It is recommended that the Community Infrastructure Branch examine the feasibility of integrating the call for FNIF project proposals into the Department's Annual Capital Planning process.
|The Community Infrastructure Branch is integrating the call for FNIF project proposals into the Capital Facilities and Maintenance Program Annual Capital Planning Process.
Status: Completed – Closed
There is no longer a "call for FNIF proposals", as the FNIF is fully integrated into the First Nation Infrastructure Investment Plan (FNIIP) process. First Nations worked with their Regional Offices to place FNIF eligible projects on their 2014-2015 FNIIPs for consideration.
First Nations seeking FNIF funding for large-scope, multi-stakeholder projects that do not fit within the community FNIIP process may apply directly to Headquarters for funding. Additionally, Regional Offices may forward such projects to Headquarters for consideration. As a transitory measure, the Innovation and Major Policy Transformation Directorate has worked with Regional Offices to identify projects for funding in 2014-2015.
In 2015-2016, a FNIF Committee at Headquarters will review and select projects for funding in coordination with the timelines established in the FNIIP.
Amendments have been made to the Integrated Capital Management System that better allow us to track FNIF eligible projects, both funded and unfunded. This allows the program to create a repository of projects, and to link projects to the strategic outcomes of the FNIF for reporting purposes.
AES: Recommend to close. Closed.
|2. It is recommended that the Community Infrastructure Branch expand existing management and oversight documents to ensure funded projects include: (a) identification of O&M funding sources that adequately meet the life-cycle cost of the asset, (b) identification of necessary training requirements, (c) disaster mitigation infrastructure design elements, and (d) an expanded eligible recipients list to allow for more flexible partnerships with the private sector, academia and Aboriginal organizations.
The Community Infrastructure Branch is expanding program oversight to ensure that funded projects include:
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|3. It is recommended that the Community Infrastructure Branch engage the Professional and Institutional Development Directorate to (a) identify practical ways for PID to support community planning projects funded under the Planning and Skills Development category, and (b) to develop a strategy to align the Department's community planning ans support activities.
|The Community Infrastructure Branch is working with PID to develop a strategy to align the Department's community planning and support activities.
Discussions with PID are ongoing.AES: Underway. Report back on progress in Q4.
|4. It is recommended that the Community Infrastructure Branch review the program's tendering policy and regional best practices to ensure an effective and consistent national approach.
|The Community Infrastructure Branch is reviewing the program's tendering policy and regional best practices to ensure a consistent national approach and comparability to practices off-reserve.
In consultation with regional offices and a third party expert in the field, the Community Infrastructure Branch has produced a revised draft tendering policy, a draft policy framework, and new draft procurement guidance documents (i.e., a procurement management manual, a construction project management manual, a project risk management manual, and a tendering policy training manual and road map).
AES: Good progress Report back in Q4.
|5. It is recommended that the Community Infrastructure Branch engage ecoENERGY in order to identify a strategy for sharing completed feasibility studies to support potential FNIF-funded energy projects and ensure information is accessible to regional front-line officers.
|The Community Infrastructure Branch will engage with the Climate Change Division's ecoENERGY in order to identify how best to use the information received from the technical and strategic advisory services they contracted and access and/or share feasibility studies to support potential FNIF-funded energy projects and ensure information is shared to regional front-line officers.
Program has been working with NAO as they conclude their ecoEnergy for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program and has provided recommendations on their proposed Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity (northern REACH) which will include considerations for south of 60 off-grid communities. In the absence of a departmental working group on renewable, energy efficiency, or climate change, program has been working with NAO and LED to determine synergies on existing projects and for proposed projects.AES: Good progress. Report back in Q4.
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