And the Senate expense scandal is recorded in another obscure line item that cites a $315,000 loss involving four unidentified cases "due to claims for living allowance in the National Capital Region and-or travel expenses."
The biggest reported losses are related to tax and employment-insurance frauds, amounting to millions of dollars.
The missing money and absent items are outlined in an annual report to Parliament, tabled late Wednesday.
The public accounts for 2012-2013 show the government expects to recover all of the improper Senate expenses, with $81,000 already paid back by last March. The list does not include any fraudulent claims discovered since April, and does not cite individual senators or break down the amounts of living or travel expenses improperly claimed.
The amount of tax fraud, both income tax and GST, discovered in the last year is estimated at about $250 million, down from more than $300 million last year.
But employment insurance fraud is up, reaching about $159 million, or $30 million higher than the year before.
The total number of EI fraud cases hit 113,000 in 2012-13, up 105,000 cases the year before. The government, which has especially targeted EI fraud, claims it will recover virtually all of the missing cash.
The federal government also says it direct-deposited cash by error into individual accounts almost 7,500 times, for a total of $3 million, up from the year before. Federal accountants expect to write off about half a million dollars of the misdirected cash.
The most common device reported lost or stolen is the BlackBerry, with iPads and laptops also frequently missing.
The number of weapons reported stolen quadrupled from the year before, to almost 500, though the accounts do not specify the types. The Defence Department has written off the entire $170,000 value. Another 2,100 undescribed weapons were lost, their value also entirely written off.
The air force reported some $26 million in damages to two of its aircraft, again with no details offered.
Altogether, some $200 million worth of federal property — from desks to boats — is listed as stolen, damaged or missing.
The federal government also paid out more than $700 million in claims against the Crown in 2012-13, including a $29-million out-of-court settlement cheque from Industry Canada to an unidentified claimant.
Public Works also settled with St. Joseph Print Group Inc. with a $21-million payment, with no details of the nature of the dispute.Suggest a correction