scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament. It is totally independent of Government. It audits the accounts of all government departments and agencies as well as a wide range of other public bodies, and report to Parliament on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which government bodies have used public money.
(NAO): The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, responsible to Parliament for the financial audit and value for money studies of public bodies implementing UK Government policies. See http://www.nao.org.uk/.
1. The government department responsible for the auditing of all official bodies accounts. 2. Generic term used to refer to an NAO publication. Usually black only text and tabular matter. Printed litho or digital.