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Survival guide to challenging costs in major projects

This publication outlines some of the challenges in estimating and managing costs that we have observed in our work on major projects. It offers Accounting Officers and senior decision makers some ground rules and thoughts on how factors to consider when challenging costs.

Published:
21 Jun 2018
Sellafield

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: progress with reducing risk at Sellafield

This report examines the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s role, its governance, and the complex challenges it faces in delivering its long-term mission; progress with reducing high hazard and risk at Sellafield, and limitations to faster progress; and the NDA and Sellafield Limited’s plans to ensure sustainable progress at Sellafield.

Published:
20 Jun 2018
Carillion sign on a closed building

Investigation into the government’s handling of the collapse of Carillion

On 15 January 2018, Carillion declared insolvency and the Official Receiver, an employee of the Insolvency Service, started to liquidate its assets and contracts. This report focuses on the role of the UK government in preparing for and managing the liquidation of Carillion.

Published:
7 Jun 2018
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Investigation into government-funded inquiries

Given the prevalence of government-funded inquiries, the frequency with which the government uses them following high-profile failures, their importance in relation to the public’s trust of authorities, and the public funds spent on them, the NAO has conducted an investigation into the 26 inquiries that have started and concluded since 2005.

Published:
23 May 2018
Submarine

The Defence Nuclear Enterprise: a landscape review

This landscape report aims to help Parliament better understand the complexities of the Defence Nuclear Enterprise by describing how the Ministry of Defence needs to bring together its programmes, including production of the new deterrent submarines, to provide a continuous at sea deterrent.

Published:
22 May 2018