We are a publicly funded organisation and have a duty to be transparent in our business operations. Transparency is a key principle of the General Data Protection Regulation which sets out how we should collect and process personal information. It also affects the way we manage and share all of our data.
Transparency is a legal requirement, but it is also important to us that we ensure the public understands how we operate, what to expect from us and the reason we take or implement certain actions.
This page sets out our transparency principles and provides all of our publicly disclosed corporate information.
Our basic principles on transparency are:
- Be open and transparent and meet our statutory obligations
- Make our information easily accessible and easy to understand
- Provide clear and concise information
- Identify opportunities to improve and change
- Respond quickly if errors are identified and rectify them
Here we have consolidated all our information regarding transparency for you to consider with links to more detailed pages.
Our privacy statement explains how the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) and the National Audit Office use and protect the data they hold.
Senior staff remuneration
We provide details of the salaries of all our senior staff.
Senior staff remuneration (docx – 15 KB)
NAO Strategy: progress update and estimate memorandum
We report annually to the Public Accounts Commission on progress against our strategy.
- NAO Strategy: progress update and estimate memorandum for 2023-24
- NAO Strategy: progress update and estimate memorandum for 2022-23
Diversity & inclusion
The Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report summarises our progress and activities against our Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and highlights key areas.
As part of new legislation introduced in April 2017, the NAO is required to publish gender pay gap information. This report details our disability pay gap, ethnicity pay gap and gender pay gap, and outlines the actions we are taking to close our pay gaps.
We publish diversity and equality data each year as part of our commitment to the Public Sector Equality Duty and our wider aim to be transparent.
2023 Diversity and Inclusion data (xlsx – 56 KB)
Travel and hospitality expenditure
We regularly disclose details of our expenditure incurred by funds spent on travel and subsistence and the provision and receipt of hospitality by the C&AG and the Senior Management of the Office.
Payments to suppliers
See the spreadsheets of reusable data on our Payments to suppliers page for lists of payments to suppliers where the charge to a specific cost centre is equal to, or greater than, £500.
Contract performance data
Since April 2017 we have published Contract Award Notices on all contracts with a lifetime contractual value of over £10,000 on Contracts Finder. This is to comply with the Public Contracts Regulations (2015), and all procurement opportunities are advertised through our e-sourcing portal, hosted by Delta.
Prior to the regulation, awarded contracts were published on our website in the attached file Contract performance data (xlsx– 35KB), which contains all advertised contracts from 2015 to 2017.
Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, including the National Audit Office. The Publication Scheme explains what information we proactively make available to the public. Wherever possible it provides an easy method of accessing that information.
Visit our freedom of information page to learn more about the NAO’s FOI publication scheme and how to make an FOI request.
We produce an annual Transparency Report which provides an overview of how our audit practice is organised, the audit work we do and how our quality and quality assurance processes are organised.
- NAO Transparency Report 2022-23
- NAO Transparency Report 2021-22 (pdf – 4 MB)
- NAO Transparency Report 2020-21 (pdf – 9 MB)
- NAO Transparency Report 2019-20 (pdf – 2 MB)
- NAO Transparency Report 2018-19 (pdf – 3 MB)
- NAO Transparency Report 2017-18 (pdf – 4 MB)
- NAO Transparency Report 2016-17 (pdf – 450 KB)
- NAO Transparency Report 2016 (pdf – 530 KB)
- NAO Transparency Report 2015 (pdf – 330 KB)
The Financial Reporting Council provides an external perspective on the quality of our financial audit work. The Council summarises the results of their inspections and the most recent are highlighted here (where appropriate, some elements have been redacted to protect the identity of individual audits).
- Audit Quality Inspection 2021-22 (pdf -562 KB)
- Audit Quality Inspection 2020-21 (pdf – 450 KB)
- Audit Quality Inspection 2019-20 (pdf – 680 KB)
- Audit Quality Inspection 2018-19 (pdf – 270 KB)
- Audit Quality Inspection 2017-18 (pdf – 600 KB)
- Audit Quality Inspection 2016-17 (pdf – 300 KB)
- AQR Report to the Independent Supervisor 2019-20 (pdf – 200 KB)
- AQR Report to the Independent Supervisor 2017-18 (pdf – 200 KB)
- AQR Report to the Independent Supervisor 2016-17 (pdf – 540 KB)
We have published our internal whistleblowing policy to be transparent about how we manage internal whistleblowing. The policy enables our staff, and others who work for or provide services to the NAO (including contractors, trainees, and agency staff), to raise any concerns they have responsibly and effectively, and even anonymously.
If you have any concerns about an external organisation you wish to bring to our attention, please visit our whistleblowing page.
Environment and sustainability
We have a direct impact on the greenhouse gas emissions associated with business travel and energy use, and the water use, paper consumption and waste generated in our buildings. We are committed to managing our organisation in an environmentally responsible manner, and therefore have challenging sustainability targets in all these areas.
We assess the environmental impact of our activities and use an ISO 14001:2015 certified environmental management system to provide a framework for setting and reviewing environmental targets to support continuous improvement. This involves carefully controlling our use of resources and consumables, and minimising waste.
Read our Environmental and sustainability policy for more information about our roles and responsibilities.
Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement
Our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement has been produced in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The statement details the steps that we have taken during the 2022-23 financial year to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and business operations. More information can be found in the statement.
Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement (pdf – 132 KB)
Read information on how we approach procurement, including how to get details of our Buyer Profile and our latest procurement opportunities.
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