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Follow-up of completed performance audits

The Office of the Auditor General will follow up three cases, and two concluded cases are being considered for follow-up in the form of new investigations.
Published 10/20/2011 12:30 PM

Document 3:1 (2011-2012) The Office of the Auditor General’s follow-up of performance audits considered by the Storting was submitted to the Storting on 20 October 2011. The Office of the Auditor General normally follows up performance audits three years after they have been considered by the Storting. If the necessary improvements have not been implemented after three years, the matter will be followed up again the following year.

Document 3:1 (2011–2012) describes the follow-up of 16 performance audits. The follow-up shows that the public administration has implemented the necessary improvements in thirteen of the cases, and these cases have been concluded. Three cases will be followed up further. For two of the concluded cases, the results are so poor that new investigations are being considered. The Office of the Auditor General has already started a new follow-up investigation into the Ministry of Defence's administrative practice and the traceability of advice on policy, cf. Document No 3:9 (2006-2007).

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 Office of the Auditor General has noted that it has taken longer than expected to establish and staff the five regional car centres. It is also important that the Directorate intensifies its efforts to reduce case processing times and focuses on measures that can help to achieve uniformity in the exercising of discretionary judgment.
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of sustainable land-use planning and land use – Document No 3:11 (2006–2007)
    In the Office of the Auditor General’s opinion, no significant effects have so far been documented of the measures implemented since the Planning and Building Act and the Nature Diversity Act entered into force on 1 July 2009.
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation into the exercising of authority with a view to reducing nitrogen oxide emissions – Document No 3:9 (2007-2008)
    The Office of the Auditor General notes that preliminary emission figures show that the total emissions of nitrogen oxide in 2010 were substantially higher than previously estimated. The Office of the Auditor General expects the Ministry of the Environment to implement such measures as are necessary to reduce emissions in accordance with the Gothenburg Protocol.

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

  • The Office of the Auditor General’s analysis of the activities of the Regional Offices for Children, Youth and Family Affairs – Document No 3:6 (2007-2008)
    There are now more children waiting for foster homes than previously, and more of them are waiting for longer periods of time. In the Office of the Auditor General's opinion, it is important that the Regional Offices for Children, Youth and Family Affairs further intensify their efforts to meet the need for foster homes and continue work on analysing which needs the state child welfare service's measures should cover.
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation into the electronic exchange of information and the development of services in the public sector – Document No 3:12 (2007–2008)
    The possibilities for electronic collection of information are not being utilised to a satisfactory extent, and the Office of the Auditor General would like to point out that there is room for improvement as regards the role of the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs as a driving force in several important areas. Other ministries must also stipulate requirements for increased electronic cooperation and exchange of information in the government administration in their management of subordinate agencies.

The document can be downloaded via the link on the right.

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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