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Home Office Fails Audit due to First Metre failures (02 Feb 2006)

The National Audit Office has reported to Parliament that the Home Office had not maintained proper financial books and records for the financial year ending 31 March 2005 and accordingly it is not possibleto reach an opinion on the truth and fairness of the Home Office’s accounts.

Difficulties encountered in the transfer and cleansing of data and the fact that staff were not trained to use the new IT system on a timely basis, together with a lack of understanding of the new accounting system, meant that the Home Office could not use data from its new accounting system effectively to produce a cogent set of accounts to the required faster closing and statutory timetables of The Treasury. In addition, during 2004-05, there were significant control weaknesses within key IT applications.

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