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Follow-up of completed performance audits

The Office of the Auditor General will follow up three cases, and three completed cases are being considered for follow-up in the form of new investigations.
Published 11/11/2010 12:30 PM

Document No 3:1 (2010-2011) The Office of the Auditor General’s follow-up of performance audits considered by the Storting was submitted to the Storting on 11 November 2010. Normally, the Office of the Auditor General follows up performance audits three years after they have been considered by the Storting. If the necessary changes have not been implemented after three years, the matter will be followed up again the following year. Document 3:1 concerns the follow-up of 18 cases. The follow-up shows that the public administration has implemented the necessary improvements in twelve of the cases. Three cases will be followed up further. For the last three cases, the results have been so poor that new investigations are being considered.

The following cases will be subject to further follow-up by the Office of the Auditor General:

  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service’s administration of the car benefit scheme, Document No 3:6 (2006-2007). The car benefit scheme is undergoing a major reorganisation process, whereby decision-making and the provision of vehicles will be centralised in five car centres. In the Office of the Auditor General’s opinion, it is important that the implemented and planned measures result in shorter case processing times, higher quality in case processing and more equal treatment of applicants. The Office of the Auditor General will follow up the extent to which the various measures actually result in improvements for users and in the administration of the scheme.
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of sustainable land-use planning and land use, Document No 3:11 (2006–2007). The Office of the Auditor General's investigation found weaknesses in how the Ministry of the Environment discharges its management and coordination responsibilities in connection with sustainable land-use planning and land use. It is still not possible to document adequate goal achievement in a number of areas, including building along the shoreline, the building of holiday homes in mountain areas and the management of wilderness areas. Both the new Planning and Building Act and the Nature Diversity Act came into force on 1 July 2009, and the ministry has implemented several measures in connection with this. The Office of the Auditor General will continue to follow up the case to evaluate whether the measures have the desired effect.
  • The Office of the Auditor General's investigation of the administration of the cash benefit scheme, Document No 3:12 (2006-2007). In the Office of the Auditor General’s opinion, there is still uncertainty relating to matters such as the administration of the payment of cash benefits to recipients living abroad, the quality of NAV's case processing and control, and the scope of incorrect payments. Both the Ministry of Labour and the Directorate of Labour and Welfare should strengthen their management and follow-up in this benefit area, which is both material and associated with risk. The Office of the Auditor General will follow developments in this area in order to evaluate whether the measures have the intended effects.

Completed cases for which follow-up in the form of new investigations is being considered:

  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation into sustainable use of reindeer grazing resources in Finnmark, Document No 3:12 (2003–2004). In 2004, the Office of the Auditor General pointed out that the grazing situation for reindeer was not consistent with the goal of ecologically sustainable reindeer husbandry, and that a reduction in the number of reindeer was required. In 2010, the actual number of reindeer is still not in accordance with the stipulated maximum limit. There are also weaknesses relating to the use of policy instruments. On this basis, the Office of the Auditor General will carry out a new investigation.
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of management and goal achievement in the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service viewed in relation to prioritised job-seeking groups, Document No 3:5 (2006-2007). Measures have been implemented to improve the follow-up of prioritised groups of job-seekers, including the long-term unemployed, immigrants, young people and disabled persons. The Office of the Auditor General cannot see that measures for systematic control of the quality of case processing have been implemented to an adequate extent. Comprehensive organisational changes and new measures make the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service's work with prioritised groups of job-seekers a relevant topic for a new investigation.
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of the provisions for children and adolescents with mental health problems, Document No 3:7 (2006-2007). Although several measures have been implemented to improve services for children and adolescents with mental health problems, the Office of the Auditor General’s follow-up investigation in 2010 shows that there are still serious shortcomings in the services provided. Important management data for outpatient clinic services are lacking, and treatment is still not equally available in all parts of the country. Cooperation between outpatient clinics and the patients' regular GPs functions more poorly than it did in 2007. The Office of the Auditor General will consider whether a new investigation in this area is required.

Follow the link to the right to download the document. Public institutions can order the document from Government Administration Services, tel. (+47) 22 24 20 00, publikasjonsbestilling@dss.dep.no. Others can order the document from Fagbokforlaget, tel. (+47) 55 38 66 00, offpub@fagbokforlaget.no.

The deferral of public access to documents prepared by or for the Office of the Auditor General in connection with Document No 3:1 (2010-2011), cf. the Act relating to the Office of the Auditor General section 18 second paragraph, is hereby set aside.

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