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Value of Accounting Officer Assessments for Government programmes

It is almost five years since HM Treasury introduced the requirement for a department’s Accounting Officer to personally review its major projects and programmes against four criteria – regularity, propriety, feasibility and value for money – and to publish a summary. These are known as Accounting Officer assessments.

This review will look at:

  • how well the arrangements for producing these assessments are working in practice
  • whether they support value for money in major programmes
  • whether they improve the transparency of decision making for major programmes. 

We will share good practice identified across government.