All the cases related to the 2001 accounts are now considered to be closed. It is proposed that the follow-up of seven performance audits also be closed, while two of the cases will continue to be followed up:
1. The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of the appeals procedure in the Norwegian Board of Health and the offices of the county medical officers, Document No. 3:3 (1999-2000).
The Office of the Auditor General notes that a number of measures have been taken to shorten the casework time, but that it is on average still higher than the targets set. The Office of the Auditor General will therefore continue to follow up the case in 2004.
2. The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of the results achieved by the Directorate of Labour Inspection, Document No. 3:9 (1999-2000).
The Office of the Auditor General notes that the Directorate of Labour Inspection conducted fewer inspections in 2002 than in 2001 and that the number of inspections reported in 2002 was considerably lower than when the Office of the Auditor General’s investigation was conducted. At the same time, use of resources in inspection operations increased in the period 1999 to 2002. The Office of the Auditor General has noted that the Ministry of Labour and Government Administration considers that the inspection level in 2002 was too low and that measures will be taken to counter this trend.
Various measures have been taken to secure a more uniform inspection and enforcement practice at various levels in the service, but there remains a good deal to be done in the way of quality-assuring the Inspectorate. The Office of the Auditor General will undertake a new investigation of the results achieved by the Directorate of Labour Inspectorate in 2004, with particular emphasis on the trend in the number of inspections and the quality of the inspections.
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