The Canadian navy will retire its aging supply ships and will have to wait at least 18 months before new ones arrive, federal and military officials confirmed last month.
The gap is the result of a bottleneck in the federal government's national shipbuilding strategy which will be at the centre of Ferguson's audit on Tuesday.
The audit report will be tabled in the House of Commons at 10 a.m. ET and will be followed by a news conference 90 minutes later.
CBC News will carry the auditor general's news conference live starting at 11:30 a.m. ET.
The fall audit will examine not only how the federal government has managed the acquisition of military ships to support the financial restructuring of its naval fleet, but it will also look at how the Canada Revenue Agency followed up on a list it received in 2007 of possible Canadians with offshore banking accounts, and whether Transport Canada has adequately overseen the management of rail safety risks, among other things.
Earlier this year, the largest ever leak of data from offshore tax havens included a list with the names of hundreds of Canadians on it.
CBC News was part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists group that was given access to the data from 10 locales, involving 130,000 people.
Since the train derailment in Lac-Mégantic last July, the federal government has taken steps to increase rail safety and the transportation of dangerous goods across the country.
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced two weeks ago that the federal government will require railway companies to inform the communities their trains run through of the dangerous goods they are carrying.
The 2013 fall report of the Auditor General will contain the following nine chapters:- Follow-up Audit on Internal Controls over Financial Reporting.
- Access to Online Services.
- National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).
- Canada’s Food Recall System.
- Preventing Illegal Entry into Canada.
- Emergency Management on Reserves.
- Oversight of Rail Safety by Transport Canada.
- Disaster Relief for Producers — Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
- Offshore Banking — Canada Revenue Agency.