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Follow-up of previously reported performance audits

The Office of the Auditor General of Norway will further follow up three out of 12 previously reported performance audits.
Published 11/19/2013 11:00 AM

Document 3:1 (2013–2014) The Office of the Auditor General’s follow-up of performance audits considered by the Storting was submitted to the Storting on 19 November 2013. The Office of the Auditor General of Norway (OAG) normally follows up performance audits three years after the matters have been discussed by the Storting. If necessary improvements have not been implemented after three years, the matter is revisited in the following year.

Document 3:1 (2013–2014) relates to the follow-up of 12 matters. Three matters will be followed up further. For nine matters, the follow-up shows that the public administration has improved issues commented on by the OAG in the performance audit, and the matters have been concluded.

The following three matters will be subject to further review by the OAG:

  • The OAG's investigation of how the Ministry of the Environment discharges its national responsibility for protected and historic buildings - Document No. 3:9 (2008-2009)
    The OAG has noted that a satisfactory reporting system has not been established to achieve the objective of safeguarding historic buildings. The OAG believes that this increases the likelihood of not achieving the objective by 2020. There are challenges associated with ensuring that the county authorities give priority to the protection work. In the OAG's opinion, this can result in a failure to achieve the objective of listing a representative selection of buildings as protected by 2020. There are no overviews of the overall condition of protected buildings in private ownership. The OAG therefore considers it unlikely that the objective of an ordinary level of maintenance for protected buildings by 2020 can be achieved. It still remains to be clarified how the provisions of the Cultural Heritage Act relating to automatically protected cultural artefacts shall be interpreted and applied. In the OAG's assessment, the Ministry should assign higher priority to this issue.
  • The Office of the Auditor General's investigation of Enova SF's operations and management, Document 3:6 (2009–2010)
    The realised results for the conversion to renewable energy in the period 2001-2011 will be significantly weaker than the targets set by the Storting. This is clear from the relationship between contractual, reported and realised results. The contractual amount must be increased substantially in the coming years to ensure achievement of the objective for 2012-2015. The OAG considers it to be unclear whether Enova has the necessary instruments to fulfil the Storting's ambitions as regards energy restructuring.
  • The Office of the Auditor General's investigation of follow-up and quality in private institutions in interdisciplinary specialist treatment for drug addicts and alcoholics, Document 3:7 (2009–2010)
    In the OAG' assessment, several initiatives have been taken to strengthen the system for following up the interdisciplinary specialist treatment for drug addicts (TBS) However, the OAG notes that most of the measures are in their initial phase and that it is too early to say whether the measures will have sufficient effect.

You can download the document through the link to the right.

Public institutions can order the document from the Government Administration Services, tel. (+47) 22 24 20 00, Others can order it from Fagbokforlaget AS, tel. (+47) 55 38 66 00,

The deferral of public access to documents prepared by or for the Office of the Auditor General in connection with Document 3:1 (2013-2014), cf. the Act relating to the Office of the Auditor General section 18 second paragraph, is hereby set aside.

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