Find

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.

Showing 1 - 10 of 174 results. Order by: Most recent Alphabetical

PC keyboard

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.

Sector(s):

Published:
31 Mar 2014

Whitehall sign

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.

Sector(s):

Performance Improvement area(s):

Published:
18 Mar 2014

Fifty pound bank note

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.

Sector(s): , ,

Published:
14 Feb 2014

Office workers

Progress on public bodies reform

The Public Bodies Reform Programme is making good progress in abolishing or merging public bodies and reducing their costs, but triennial reviews of remaining bodies need to be much more effective.

Sector(s):

Published:
7 Feb 2014

Bank notes

Forecasting in government to achieve value for money

Inadequate forecasting is an entrenched problem for government departments, leading to poor value for money and increased costs for the taxpayer.

Sector(s):

Published:
31 Jan 2014

NAO logo

Government whistleblowing policies

This report provides the context around whistleblowing and examines the procedures in place for whistleblowing within government departments.

Sector(s):

Performance Improvement area(s): ,

Published:
15 Jan 2014

Whitehall and Westminster signposts

Departmental Overview: The performance of the Cabinet Office 2012-13

This Departmental Overview is one of 17 we have produced covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Cabinet Office 2012-13.

Sector(s): ,

Performance Improvement area(s):

Published:
20 Dec 2013

Image of lion

Evaluation in Government

Treasury expects all departments to evaluate the ex post impacts and costs of all their interventions, including spending, taxation and regulation. This activity should provide valuable information on the cost-effectiveness of government interventions, for the purposes of accountability and to learn lessons to improve current and future policies.

Sector(s):

Performance Improvement area(s):

Published:
20 Dec 2013

Money

Over-optimism in government projects

Optimism bias in public sector projects is not a new phenomenon. But it is one that persists, frequently undermining projects’ value for money as time and cost are under estimated and benefits over estimated. This report uses our back catalogue to illustrate the consequences of over optimism. In doing so, we have identified some contributory factors – such as project complexity and an organisation’s culture of challenge.

Sector(s):

Performance Improvement area(s):

Published:
19 Dec 2013

NAO logo

Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the 2012-13 Civil Superannuation accounts

The pension payments and Scheme liability are materially supported by employee records for the first time in two years, but underlying issues remain to resolve.

Sector(s):

Published:
12 Dec 2013

cookie reports - The National Audit Office Cookie Policy
This site uses cookies - click here to view our cookies policy