Burr’s temp role indefinite at NAO

Sir John Bourn

The UK’s new temporary auditor general will hold on to the role for an
indefinite period, the National Audit Office has said.

Nor is there any formal process in place to appoint a successor to Sir John
Bourn, who steps down at the end of this month.

Tim Burr, currently the deputy auditor general, will formally become the
comptroller and auditor general in February subject to parliamentary approval.
But the appointment is, the NAO has insisted, purely temporary.

‘Temporary could be quite some time,’ a spokesman for the department said
this week.

Burr will stay on while a review by former Financial Services Authority chief
John Tiner is undertaken into the NAO’s corporate governance. The Public
Accounts Commission, the body, which commissioned Tiner, said the review would
be completed by February, but might require legislation to implement.

Burr, 57, joined the NAO in 1994 as an assistant auditor general, assuming
the position of Sir John’s deputy in 2000. Like Sir John he knows his way around
Whitehall, having spent the first part of his career at the Cabinet Office and
the Treasury.

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