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Picture courtesy of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Picture courtesy of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

OGC Gateway Reviews as part of the assurance framework

Every public sector body will have its own structures and resources for carrying out internal reviews, healthchecks and audits of its activities, including programmes and projects.  The OGC Gateway Process provides a snapshot view of progress, at a point in time and, therefore should be seen as complementary to these internal processes, and not a replacement for them. 

Organisations should have in place an effective framework to provide a suitable level of assurance for their portfolio of programmes and projects.  This requires management to map their assurance needs and identify the potential sources for providing them.  Public sector bodies are encouraged to ensure adequate and timely coordination and sharing of information, including plans, between the various internal review functions. 

In addition, SROs should be aware of the extent and limitation of the various review processes - for example the fact that an OGC Gateway Review had taken place does not replace the need for a full audit opinion on the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance in the audited area. 

Further, none of these review processes is a substitute for a rigorous governance framework in the organisation to management key processes including business planning, investment appraisal and business case management (including benefits management) programme and project portfolio management, risk management, procurement/acquisition and service and contract management