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The work on civil protection and emergency preparedness has serious weaknesses

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security's coordination and management of civil protection and emergency preparedness work has significant weaknesses. It includes in part the follow-up of several ministries, the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) and county governors. - Overall this is serious. While several measures are being implemented, it is too early to say whether they will provide the necessary improvements, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.​

Published 5/21/2015 1:00 PM

Document 3:7 (2014–2015) The Office of the Auditor General's investigation of the authorities' work on civil protection and emergency preparedness was submitted to the Storting (Norwegian parliament) on 21 May 2015.

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security was assigned clearer main responsibility for civil protection and emergency preparedness after 2011. The Office of the Auditor General (OAG)'s audit shows that serious shortcomings with the Ministry's coordination and management weakens the work on civil protection and emergency preparedness in general.

- Three ministries, including the Ministry of Justice and Public Security itself, have done little to follow up recommendations following DSB oversight procedures, there is limited learning from exercises and incidents, and management and follow up of the county governors' emergency preparedness work is weak, Foss maintains.

The OAG recommends that the Ministry of Justice and Public Security improve follow-up after oversight of its own and other ministries' contingency work, provide for better correspondence between the management signals and resources provided to county governors, and systematically map and utilise learning from incidents and exercises.

- DSB has essentially been managed with requirements to implement activities even though they were not well embedded in overall goals. We recommend that the Ministry set clearer requirements for goal achievement and efficient use of resources, says Foss.

While DSB manages substantial resources, which have been increased in recent years, it lacks knowledge about its own goal achievement and use of resources. This makes it difficult to assess whether the Directorate's work on civil protection contributes to desired results.

The Minister of Justice and Public Security believes that OAG's audit gives a limited picture of the Ministry's coordinating role in the field of civil protection and emergency preparedness, and that there is no basis for concluding that the exercise of coordination responsibility has serious weaknesses.

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