PracticeAuditNAO boosts Tyne team

NAO boosts Tyne team

The NAO is beefing up its Newcastle operations to keep a closer eye on the cluster of government departments in the region

The public sector watchdog is starting a recruitment drive in the North East,
which was ground zero for HM Revenue and Custom’s lost discs debacle.

‘It’s being done so that we can have a better idea of what’s going on up
there,’ said a spokeswoman. ‘We audit central government departments and [the
recruitment drive] will give us a better presence and better knowledge.’

An assistant auditor general and a number of directors have already been
shifted North. The public sector watchdog is looking to have a full complement
of 90-100 staff, but conceded that it was ‘some way off that’ at the moment.
‘It’s been the aim of the
NAO to do this for some
time,’ added the spokeswoman.

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