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Government open to fraud after failings on outsourced contracts, report says

The Guardian - Poor management of £40bn worth of outsourced public contracts has left the government exposed to the possibility of widespread fraud and overcharging, according to a report from the government's official auditors.

A total of five government contracts are being investigated by the police or the Serious Fraud Office, the National Audit Office found in a review of contract management procedures in government, released on Friday.

But poor control over lucrative deals with the private sector means it is "probable" that there are more cases of overbilling across other government departments, it has concluded.