Magazine article Public Finance

PASC Chair Takes NAO to Task

Magazine article Public Finance

PASC Chair Takes NAO to Task

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The National Audit Office seems unable to enforce performance management in Whitehall, according to the chair of the Commons public administration select committee.

Tony Wright told a round table discussion organised by Public Finance that it has become a truism' to say the civil service manages its performance badly.

He also directly challenged the NAO s performance measurement director, Nick Sloan, on the issue.

It's been a consensus over many years that the civil service manages performance badly said Wright 'I've heard endless permanent secretaries and Cabinet secretaries say it

And yet we've had an NAO auditing government all these years. But seemingly it has not got hold of this issue of poor performance.'

He said his committee had discussed what action could be taken 'to make sure that somebody starts monitoring and driving performance inside the system'.

Wright said: 'People said to us you don't need another body but you do need the NAO to up its game and get hold of these issues'

Addressing Sloan, he then asked: 'What I want to know is do you accept there is an issue there? …

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