The Office of the Auditor General’s annual follow-up of previous annotations (cases designated as “under observation”) has led to the government administration taking greater care in its follow-up of matters raised by the auditors, and in most cases, these matters can be closed the following year.
Document no. 3:1 (2002–2003) deals with 12 annotations to the Central Government Financial Statements for 1999-2000 that were previously designated “under observation”. All these cases have now been closed.
In addition, the report discusses the follow-up of nine performance audits that were treated by the Storting. The Office of the Auditor General proposes that the following cases continue to be monitored:
- The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation concerning administration of the Debt Settlement Act, Doc. no. 3.13 (1996-97)
- The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of the roads authorities’ management of five selected toll-road projects, Doc. no 3.3 (1998-99)
- The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of production and quality in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, Doc. no. 3.4 (1998-99)
The latter two audits are being monitored for the first time this year.
1. With regard to the audit of administration of the Debt Settlement Act, the Office of the Auditor General found that some measures had been implemented in the area. However, there were still no statistics to document the length of time needed to process cases and whether the actual practices used to process cases were uniform. The system for processing cases has not been implemented as was planned in 2000. The Office of the Auditor General believes that these matters should be followed up and will consider performing a new audit on administration of the Debt Settlement Act.
2. The Ministry of Transport and Communications has not taken any significant steps towards improving the central government’s management and monitoring of toll-road companies since the Storting’s treatment of the Office of the Auditor General’s investigation three years ago. It is only in the second half of 2002 that the Ministry of Transport and Communications is going to commission the Directorate of Public Roads to investigate and report on the current administration of toll roads. This report is scheduled to be completed by summer 2003. The Office of the Auditor General is going to monitor this work.
3. Several measures have been implemented with regard to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Accessibility has been improved, and the time needed to process payment of new pensions has been reduced. However, there is still room to improve the quality of the payment of new pensions. The Office of the Auditor General will undertake a new monitoring and assessment project in 2003.
The other matters are regarded as closed.
This report is available in Norwegian on the Office of the Auditor General’s website – www.riksrevisjonen.no – or can be ordered from the University bookshop Akademika, tel. +47 22 11 67 70