The 2018/19 audit of Disclosure Scotland


The 2018/19 audit of Disclosure Scotland

The Auditor General said over-optimistic assumptions were compounded by lack of financial reporting and governance of the project. 
Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, said:
"I have reported on the failures of many ICT projects in recent years and set out clear principles public bodies should follow. There are lessons to be learned from Disclosure Scotland's experience with the PASS system. While the rollout in September was a significant milestone, there have been real weaknesses in control and oversight of the project.
"The system was delivered late, over budget, and with less functionality than had been originally intended. There remains more work to be done before its full ambition, and wider transformation, is realised."

The 2018/19 audit of Disclosure Scotland


Oral evidence session 23 January 2020

The Committee took evidence from the Auditor General for Scotland, Audit Scotland and Scott-Moncrieff.

Please read the Official Report of 23 January 2020.

Meeting papers for 23 January 2020.

Minutes of meeting 23 January 2020


Meeting correspondence and follow-up

Letter from Permanent Secretary to Convener, 11 March 2020 (180KB pdf)


Oral evidence session 12 March 2020

The Committee took evidence from Lorna Gibbs, former Chief Executive, Gerrard Hart, Director of Protection Services and Policy and Joy Bramfitt-Wanless, former Programme Director, Disclosure Scotland; and

Paul Johnston, Director-General Education, Communities and Justice, Michael Chalmers, Director for Children and Families, Scottish Government; and

The Auditor General for Scotland and Mark Roberts, Audit Director, Performance Audit and Best Value, Audit Scotland (in private).

Please read the Official Report of 12 March 2020.

Meeting papers for 12 March 2020.

Minutes for 12 March 2020.


Correspondence and follow-up

Letter from Acting Convener to the Director-General for Education, Communities and Justice, Scottish Government, 9 April 2020 (142KB pdf)

Letter from Acting Convener to Convener of Education and Skills Committee, 9 April 2020 (114KB pdf)

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