Cross-government and public administration

The NAO's cross-government team reviews departments to examine how cost-effectively government as a whole manages its resources, the search for greater efficiency, and the delivery of major programmes and projects.

The team conducts value for money examinations of areas such as joint delivery, the delivery chain across departments, and the role of central departments in influencing cross-government practice.

Sharing knowledge and insight, we aim to help departments improve in common disciplines and challenges such as procurement, project management, financial management, and asset management.

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Delivering value and accountability – CIMA and NAO expert panel report

Fiscal pressure on government departments is set to continue through the next Parliament, with citizen expectations continuing to rise. With the ‘more for less’ challenge continuing indefinitely and an increasingly complex public sector landscape, a strong and integrated finance function across government is crucial.

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9 Oct 2014

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Update on the National Cyber Security Programme

Government continues to make good progress in implementing the Programme. It must, however increase the pace of change in some areas in the face of evolving cyber threats.

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10 Sep 2014

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Transforming government’s contract management

We published two reports today – Following the discovery of widespread and deep-rooted weaknesses in the government’s management of contracts it is starting to improve how it manages its contracts.


4 Sep 2014


The 2013-14 savings reported by the Efficiency and Reform Group

The Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) has achieved significant savings but further work should be done to improve the process of gathering and collating evidence.


16 Jul 2014

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Government grant services

Government has given less attention to grants than to other policy funding mechanisms, despite grant funding being higher in value, making up 41 per cent (£292 billion) of its total expenditure.

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3 Jul 2014


The centre of government

This report draws together insights from our previous reports and those of the PAC on the role of, and recent changes to, the centre of government. The centre of government has responsibility for coordinating and overseeing the work of government, enabling it to achieve its strategic aims and ensuring there is a central view of the effective operation of government as a whole. Most of these strategic functions are performed by the Cabinet Office and the Treasury.

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19 Jun 2014


Major Projects Authority Annual Report 2013-14

The purpose of this note is to update the Committee of Public Accounts on developments since the publication of the National Audit Office report in February, particularly the release of the Authority’s second annual report on 23 May.

June 2014.

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2 Jun 2014

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Update on the Next Generation Shared Services Strategy

The Cabinet Office will have to work with other government departments to ensure that the full benefits of its shared services strategy are realised.

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31 Mar 2014

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Making a whistleblowing policy work

The National Audit Office has today published its second report on whistleblowing. The NAO’s first report reviewed whistleblowing policies from 39 bodies, including its own, against good practice.


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18 Mar 2014

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Managing debt owed to central government

Government is owed a large amount of money but has no overall view of its debt reduction objectives nor of the financial risk that the debt poses.

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14 Feb 2014

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