On 22 November the OAG submitted a document concerning the follow-up of four performance audits that have been deliberated by the Storting – Document no. 3:1 (2006-2007).
The decision to follow up Document no. 3:9 (2002-2003) relating to the preservation and protection of the collections at five public museums was taken because inadequacies could still be observed in the preservation of the collections.
In addition, the reporting of the results attained at the museums is not sufficient to allow goal achievement in the area to be assessed. Moreover, the National Gallery still lacks expertise in the field of sculpture conservation. However, the OAG views as positive the initiation of some measures by the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Science aimed at protecting and preserving the collections at the five public museums.
The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of the planning and follow-up of a sample of major roads projects, Document no. 3:3 (2002-2003), has also been followed up in autumn 2006. The OAG has noted that the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration have implemented a number of measures to improve the planning and follow-up processes of major roads projects. The OAG has therefore decided to close the matter, but draws attention to the fact that large-scale road development projects still require careful monitoring from the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
The OAG is also concluding its follow-up of Document no. 3:6 (2002-2003) relating to the authorities’ efforts to clean up polluted soil and sediments caused by polluting activities in bygone years. This is because the Ministry of the Environment will to a large extent have attained the national performance objectives by the end of 2006: to complete the cleanup at approximately 100 locations with polluted soil, and to conduct surveys at the other 500 or so sites.
Document no. 3:4 (2002-2003) The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of environmental development assistance has also been followed up in autumn 2006, and the matter has been closed. The OAG notes that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has implemented measures to remedy the weaknesses disclosed by the investigation.
The document in Norwegian languge can be downloaded from this website or ordered from Akademika booksellers, tel. +47 22 18 81 23.
The provision concerning delayed public access to documents that are compiled by or sent to the Office of the Auditor General in connection with Document no. 3:1 (2006-2007), cf. Section 18, paragraph 2 of the Auditor General Act, has been repealed from 22 November 2006.