Government Functional Standard GovS 013: Counter Fraud

This government functional standard sets the expectations for the management of fraud, bribery and corruption risk in government organisations.


Government Functional Standard GovS 013: Counter Fraud

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The Counter Fraud Functional Standard was launched in October 2018, and is being implemented across government. It applies to all government departments and their arms-length bodies. As of February 2020, 123 public bodies had adopted the functional standard as the basis for managing the risk of fraud, bribery and corruption in the public sector.

Lord Agnew, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office and Her Majesty’s Treasury said:

Even in times of a national crisis, fraudsters will go to extraordinary lengths to divert funds away from the public sector.

Fraud is a constant threat, and those who commit fraud take money away from public services and those who rely on them. The increase in fraud threat during COVID-19 reminds us that fraud is an increasingly complex and dynamic crime, and it requires skill, capability and commitment to mitigate it effectively.

The publication of the Counter Fraud Functional Standard reinforces the government’s commitment to fighting fraud. By meeting the requirements of this standard, public bodies are better prepared, and more able to respond to the risk of fraud against the public sector.

The standard was developed by counter fraud experts (including from across the public and private sectors, banking and academia) to help guide a whole of government approach. It has been extensively tested in government before its formal release, and represents the minimum that all public bodies are expected to have in place.

For further information and support, please contact the Counter Fraud Centre of Expertise at

Published 31 August 2021