We publish the minutes of our Audit Committee meetings on this page, and from April 2011 we also publish the papers from those meetings whenever appropriate.

Audit Committee Report

Following guidance given in the HM Treasury’s Audit Committee Handbook, the Audit Committee reports annually on its work and how it has discharged its responsibilities.

Audit Committee papers and minutes

12 June 2017

  1. Introductions and apologies
  2. Declarations of interest
  3. Minutes and action point from the previous meeting – the minutes of the previous meeting are available below
  4. Cyber security - at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  5. ICO approach to recovery of civil monetary penalties – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  6. Risk and opportunity management – the risk register will be available as a paper coming to our Management Board on a quarterly basis
  7. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  8. Internal audit
  9. External audit report – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  10. Audit Committee Annual Report 2016/17 – this item is available above
  11. ICO Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17 – this item is available here
  12. Fraud, whistleblowing and security
  13. Audit Committee terms of reference – this item is available here
  14. NAO Guidance

7 March 2017

  1. Introductions and apologies
  2. Declarations of interest
  3. Matters arising from the previous meeting – the minutes of the previous meeting are available below
  4. Interim Deputy DCEO update – this was an oral item
  5. Finance – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  6. Report on fraud, whistleblowing and security incidents
  7. Risk register – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  8. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  9. Internal audit
  10. External Audit – at the time of this meeting this item was not for publication
  11. Audit Committee Annual Report – at the time of this meeting this item was not for publication
  12. ICO Annual Report and Accounts – at the time of this meeting this item was not for publication

14 December 2016

  1. Introductions and apologies.
  2. Declaration of interests.
  3. Matters arising from the previous meeting – the minutes of the previous meeting are available below.
  4. Commissioner’s update.
  5. Risk register – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
  6. Finance
    October 2016 finance report 
    Fee forecasting and financial planning for 2017/18 – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
    Funding of a grants and contributions scheme – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
  1. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
  2. Internal audit
    Internal audit update
    Recovery of monetary penalties review 
    Cryptographic controls review – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication. 
  1. External audit – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
  2. Report on fraud, whistleblowing and security
    Quarterly report: December 2016

12 September 2016

  1. Introduction and apologies – this was an oral item
  2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
  3. Minutes and action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 6 June 2016 – the minutes of the meeting of 6 June are below
  4. Commissioner’s update – this was an oral item
  5. Change programme update – this was an oral item
  6. Finance - July finance report
  7. Risk register – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  8. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  9. Internal auditInternal audit plan 2016-17
  10. Any other business – this was an oral item

6 June 2016

  1. Introductions and apologies – this was an oral item
  2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
  3. Minutes and action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 7 March 2016 – the minutes of this meeting are available below
  4. Commissioner’s update – this was an oral item
  5. Risk management – at the time of this meeting this document was not for publication
  6. Finance – The ICO Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16 are now available
  7. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  8. Internal audit
  9. External audit final audit completion report 2015/16 – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
  10. Audit Committee Annual Report 2015/16 – this document is available above
  11. ICO Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16
  12. Report on fraud, whistleblowing and security matters – at the time of the meeting this document was not for publication

7 March 2016

  1. Introductions and apologies - this was an oral item
  2. Declaration of interest – this was an oral item
  3. Minutes and action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 7 December – the minutes of this meeting are below
  4. Commissioner’s update – this was an oral item
  5. Risk Management – at the time of this meeting this document was not for publication
  6. Financeincome and expenditure reports are available here
  7. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of this meeting this document was not for publication
  8. Internal audit 
    Finance review
    Internal audit progress report
    Audit plan 2016/17 – at the time of this meeting this document was not for publication
  9. External audit – at the time of this meeting this document was not for publication
  10. ICO annual report and accounts – at the time of this meeting this document was not for publication
  11. Fraud, whistleblowing and security incident 
    Quarterly report: March 2016

Minutes of this meeting – 7 March 2016

7 December 2015

1. Introductions and apologies – this was an oral item
2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
3. Minutes and action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 7 September – the minutes of this meeting are below
4. Deputy Commissioner and Head of Finance update
    October 2015 finance report
    DCMS budget reporting model – at the time of the meeting this was not for publication
    Year end cash hand-back – at the time of the meeting this was not for publication
5. Risk Management – at the time of the meeting this was not for publication
6. Outstanding audit recommendations
    Register of recommendations
7. Internal audit
    Performance management
    New finance system (benefits realisation)
    Internal audit plan progress report – at the time of the meeting this was not for publication
8. External audit
    Audit planning report – at the time of the meeting this was not for publication
9. Update on the annual report and accounts 2016/17 – at the time of the meeting this was not for publication
10. Fraud whistleblowing and security incidents
     Update on data breach – this was an oral item
     Fraud, whistleblowing and security incidents
Minutes of this meeting – 7 December 2015

7 September 2015

1. Introductions and apologies – this was an oral item
2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
3. Action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 8 June 2015 – the minutes of that meeting are below
4. Commissioner’s update – this was an oral item
5. Risk management– at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
6. Critical IT hardware failure – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
7. Progress on implementation of a purchase management system
    Update report
8. Senior staff remuneration audit – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
9. Finance report for July 2015
    Finance report
10. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
11. Internal audit
     Internal audit progress report – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
     Staff recruitment report
12. Fraud, whistleblowing and security incidents – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
Minutes of this meeting – 7 September 2015

8 June 2015

1. Introductions and apologies – this was an oral item
2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
3. Matters arising from the Audit Committee meeting of 9 March 2015 – the minutes of that meeting are below
4. Commissioner’s update – this was an oral item
5. External Audit – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
6. Risk register – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
7. Strategy for registration fees
    Information paper on registration fee strategy
8. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
9. Internal audit
    Project Eagle lessons learnt report
    Follow-up audit report
Internal audit annual report 2014-15 – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
Internal audit plan – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
10. ICO Audit Committee Annual Report 2014-15 – the report is available at the top of this web page
11. ICO Annual Report and Accounts 2014-15 – the report is available here from early July 2015
12. Integrated assurance – this was an oral item
13. Fraud, whistleblowing and security incidents – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
Minutes of this meeting – 8 June 2015

9 March 2015

1. Introductions and apologies – this was an oral item
2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
3. Minutes and action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 8 December – the minutes of that meeting are below
4. Commissioner’s update – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
5. Finance
    Update on replacement of the finance system and on retaining fees from CMPs
    January income and expenditure report
6. Integrated assurance
    Integrated assurance update report
7. Planning and budgeting for 2015/16
    ICO Plan 2015-2018
    ICO Budget 2015/16 – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
8. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
9. Internal audit
Internal Audit update report – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
    Internal audit – Corporate and Financial Planning
    Draft audit plan 2015/16 – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
10. External audit – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
11. Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15
      Timetable
      Draft governance statement – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
      Draft Audit Committee annual report 2014/15 – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
12. Fraud, whistleblowing and security incidents – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
13. Register of interests format – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
Minutes of this meeting – 9 March 2015

8 December 2014

1. Introductions and apologies – this was an oral item
2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
3. Minutes and action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 8 September – the minutes of that meeting are below
4. Deputy Chief Executive Officer’s update – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
5. Risk management – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
6. Finance
    October 2014 finance report
7. Integrated assurance – this was an oral item
8. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
9. Internal audit
    Integrated Assurance: Management Assurance review
    Internal audit progress report
10. External audit – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
11. Fraud, whistleblowing and security incidents – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
12. Committee self assessment – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication
Minutes of this meeting

8 September 2014

1. Introductions and apologies – this was an oral item
2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
3. Action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 6 June – the minutes of that meeting are below
4. Commissioner’s update – this was an oral item
5. Risk management – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication.
6. Replacement of the finance system – this was an oral item
7. Reporting on fraud, whistleblowing and security incidents
8. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
9. Internal audit progress report - at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
10. Integrated assurance – this was an oral item
Minutes of this meeting – 8 September 2014

6 June 2014

1. Introductions and apologies – this was an oral item
2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
3. Action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 10 March – the minutes of that meeting are below
4. Commissioner’s update – this was an oral item
 Risk register – at the time of the meeting the item was not for publication.
5. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
6. Internal audit 
Reports
IT service management
IT contract management
Risk management horizon scanning
Follow up audit
Internal audit annual report 2013/14 – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
7. External audit – final audit completion report 2013/14 – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
8. Audit Committee Annual Report 2013/14 – this report will be published (above) shortly.
9. Governance statement 2013/14 – this statement will be published shortly on this website as part of the ICO’s Annual Report and Accounts 2013/14.
10. ICO annual report and accounts 2013/14 – this report will be published shortly on this website.
11. Internal audit plan 2014/15 – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication.
12. Fraud report – this was an oral item.
Minutes of this meeting – 6 June 2014

10 March 2014

1. Introductions and apologies – this was an oral item
2. Declaration of interests – this was an oral item
3. Action points from the Audit Committee meeting of 2 December – the minutes of that meeting are below
4. Director of Corporate Services update – this was an oral item
Risk register – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
Draft ICO Plan 2014-2017 – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
Draft ICO Budget 2014/15 – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
5. Audit Committee Annual report 2013/14 – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
6. Governance Statement – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
7. ICO Annual report and Accounts 2013/14 – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
8. Integrated assurance – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
9. Outstanding audit recommendations – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
10. Internal audit
Internal audit plan – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
Payroll and pensions review
Debit and credit card payments in ICE review
Governance and decision making at times of uncertainty – at the time of the meeting this item was not for publication
Draft IT service management review – at the time of this meeting this item was not for publication
Internal audit plan 2014/15 – at the time of this meeting this item was not for publication
11. External audit 
Interim audit progress report – at the time of this meeting this item was not for publication
Minutes of this meeting – 10 March 2014