About us

What we do

The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) helps ensure government and the wider public sector provide services effectively.

We offer quality assurance on an organisation’s systems and processes, based on an objective assessment of the governance, risk management and control arrangements it has in place.

Our internal auditors look at financial risks and wider issues, such as:

  • employee relations
  • management structure
  • relationships with stakeholders

We then offer advice on how to improve those systems and processes, based on our findings.

Who we are

The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) was launched on 1 April 2015. It is an executive agency of HM Treasury (HMT).

We employ 157 people in our office in London. This includes both auditors and administrative staff.

Our responsibilities

We’re responsible for:

  • reviewing the functions and activities of government and public sector organisations, and assessing their efficiencies and risks
  • making recommendations for improvement, based on our assessments
  • adding value to public services and improving how effectively organisations provide them

Our priorities

Our priorities for 2015 to 2016 are to:

  • expand our capacity and expertise in areas including:
    • counter-fraud and investigations
    • information systems
    • programme and project management
  • introduce a framework agreement for internal audit services that will:
    • improve private sector involvement
    • make use of the collective purchasing power of government internal audit
    • strengthen customer support (eg around sharing best practice, and access to specialist skills)
  • develop the framework for providing assurance around cross-government and inter-organisational risks

We aim to expand the agency to become the single internal audit provider to government.

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