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Follow-up of previously reported performance audits

​The Office of the Auditor General of Norway has followed up 11 previously reported performance audits. Ten cases have been concluded, and one will be followed up further.

Published 10/16/2014 11:00 AM

Document 3:1 (2014–2015) The Office of the Auditor General’s follow-up of performance audits considered by the Storting was submitted to the Storting on 16 October 2014. The OAG normally follows up performance audits three years after they have been considered by the Storting. If necessary improvements have not been implemented after three years, the matter is revisited in the following year.

Document 3:1 (2014–2015) describes the follow-up of 11 cases. For ten cases, the follow-up shows that the public administration has improved matters commented on by the OAG in the performance audit, and the cases have been concluded. One case will be subject to further review by the OAG:

The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation into the Directorate of Integration and Diversity’s goal achievement and use of policy instruments in the work of settling and qualifying refugees – Document 3:3 (2010–2011)

The OAG notes that the share of refugees who find jobs or go to school after they have completed their introduction programme, fell in the period 2006-2010, but has risen slightly again since 2010. Still less than half of the participants begin working or start school right after finishing the programme. One year after completing the programme, the share of persons working or going to school was barely 60 per cent.

Completed audits show shortcomings and weaknesses in the introduction programme in several municipalities, including that the programme is not full-year, not full-time, and that individual plans are not prepared in accordance with the Introduction Act.

The OAG also believes that the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion has too little systematic information about the quality of the training programme beyond the percentage that passes the tests.

The OAG noted that most of the Ministry's measures are aimed towards obtaining information and not directly towards improving outcomes in the municipalities. The OAG believes there is a need for measures for municipalities with poor outcomes.

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