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As a public funded organisation, the National Audit Office has a duty to Parliament to be transparent in its business operations and outcomes. We have consolidated here all our information regarding transparency, some of which are links through to more detailed pages. Privacy statement Our privacy statement explains how the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) […]

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February 28, 2013

As a public funded organisation, the National Audit Office has a duty to Parliament to be transparent in its business operations and outcomes. We have consolidated here all our information regarding transparency, some of which are links through to more detailed pages.

Privacy statement

Our privacy statement explains how the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) and the National Audit Office use and protect the data they hold.

Privacy Statement

Senior staff remuneration

In the spirit of transparency, the NAO provides details of the salaries of all our senior staff.

Senior staff remuneration (xls – 23KB)

NAO Strategy: progress update and estimate memorandum for 2020-21

NAO Strategy: progress update and estimate memorandum for 2020-21 (PDF – 411KB)

Diversity pay gap report

As part of new legislation introduced in April 2017, the NAO is required to publish gender pay gap information. This report details our gender pay gap and ethnicity pay gap, and outlines the actions we are taking to close our pay gaps.

2020 Diversity pay gap report (PDF-115KB)

Diversity & inclusion report

The Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report summarises our progress and activities against our Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and highlights key areas of focus.

Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report (PDF – 6MB)

Travel and hospitality expenditure

The National Audit Office routinely makes a voluntary disclosure of the expenditure incurred from NAO funds on travel and subsistence and the provision and receipt of hospitality by the C&AG and the Senior Management of the Office.

Travel and hospitality expenditure

Payment to suppliers

The attached spreadsheets of reusable data list the payments to suppliers where the charge to a specific cost centre is equal to, or greater than, £500. Publication of these transactions forms part of the National Audit Office’s commitment to be open and transparent.

Payments to suppliers

Contract performance data

In compliance with the Public Contracts Regulations (2015), from April 2017 the NAO has published Contract Award Notices on all contracts with a lifetime contractual value of over £10,000 on Contracts Finder. All procurement opportunities are advertised through NAO’s 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 in the period 2015 to 2017.

Freedom of Information Act – Publication Scheme

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.

Freedom of Information Act – Publication Scheme

Audit quality

In common with best practice in the UK accountancy profession, the NAO has produced a transparency report. This report gives 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 2020-21 (pdf – 9.54MB)

NAO Transparency Report 2019-20 (pdf – 2MB)

NAO Transparency Report 2018-19 (pdf – 3 MB)

NAO Transparency Report 2017-18 (pdf – 4.5 MB)

NAO Transparency Report 2016-17 (pdf – 448KB)

NAO Transparency Report 2016 (pdf – 532KB)

NAO Transparency Report 2015 (pdf – 330KB)

NAO Transparency Report 2014 (pdf – 1590KB)

NAO Transparency Report 2013 (pdf – 353KB)

NAO Transparency Report 2012 (pdf – 616KB)

NAO Transparency Report 2011 (pdf – 185KB)

NAO Transparency Report 2010 (pdf – 115KB)

The Financial Reporting Council provides their external perspective on the quality of our financial audit work. Its provides an annual summary of 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 2020-21 (pdf – 450 KB)

Audit Quality Inspection 2019-20 (pdf – 675KB)

Audit Quality Inspection 2018-19 (pdf – 270KB)

Audit Quality Inspection 2017-18 (pdf – 599KB)

Audit Quality Inspection 2016-17 (pdf – 298KB)

AQR Report to the Independent Supervisor 2019-20 (pdf – 204 KB)

AQR Report to the Independent Supervisor 2017-18 (pdf – 203 KB)

AQR Report to the Independent Supervisor 2016-17 (pdf – 544KB)

Internal whistleblowing

We have published our internal whistleblowing policy to be transparent about how we manage internal whistleblowing.

At the National Audit Office (NAO), we are committed to the highest standards of openness, probity and accountability. A vital part of our accountability and openness is having an internal whistleblowing policy, which provides a way for our staff, and others who work for or provide services to the NAO (including contractors, trainees and agency staff), to raise any concern they have responsibly and effectively.

If you wish to consider bringing to our attention concerns about an external organisation please read our whistleblowing pages

NAO Internal Whistleblowing Policy (pdf – 364KB)

Environment and sustainability

Our greatest potential environmental impact arises from our role in holding government to account on performance against its environmental objectives. One way we do this is through our support to the Environmental Audit Committee, a parliamentary select committee that has a cross-cutting remit on sustainable development and environmental protection.

We also 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 have challenging sustainability targets in all these areas and we are committed to practicing what we preach, by managing our business in an environmentally responsible manner, with a continued focus on sustainability.

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. Our 2020-21 sustainability data can be found here. More information can be found in our Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21.

Information about our Environmental and sustainability policy, including roles and responsibilities, is on our website.

Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement

This statement has been produced in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The statement details the steps that the NAO has taken during the 2019-20 financial year to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains or NAO’s business.

Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement (pdf – 1.15MB)