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  • Object security not sufficiently improved since 2015

    ​Better object security was one of the key points in the follow-up to the 22 July 2011 terror attacks. The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of object security follow-up shows that object security has not improved to a sufficient extent since the Office of the Auditor General’s previous investigation in 2015. “It must be taken very seriously that the inadequacies in the basic security of the sensitive objects in the police and the Armed Forces still do not comply with the requirements of the Security Act”, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Little control and follow-up of internal company transactions across national borders

    ​The Norwegian Tax Administration carries out few controls of internal company transactions across borders, but even a small number of controls have led taxable revenue to increase by an average of approximately NOK 10 billion per year. “We are talking about significant amounts.  More effective controls can lead to more accurate taxation and increased tax revenues”, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Support for the preservation of tropical forests has uncertain effects and is insufficiently protected against fraud

    ​In the past ten years, the Storting has allocated a total of NOK 23.5 billion to the preservation of tropical forests in developing countries. The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation shows that progress and results are delayed, that current measures are uncertain in terms of their feasibility and effect, and that the risk of fraud is not handled adequately. “Improved control must be ensured for the use and results of these funds,” says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Emergency child welfare placements: “It is a serious matter that certain children receive services which are not adapted to their needs.”

    ​Good emergency services for individual children require effective cooperation between the municipal child welfare services and Bufetat (Barne-, ungdoms- og familieetaten — the Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs). The Child Welfare Services know the child's needs and Bufetat offers emergency housing and places in institutions. A lack of available measures at Bufetat means that in some cases children do not receive services which are adapted to them. “Having to move a long way from home is rarely in accordance with the child's needs”, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Lack of coordination within the expansion of bioenergy – significantly less growth than expected

    ​The annual consumption of bioenergy was expected to increase by up to 14 terawatt hours (TWh) between 2008 and 2020, but increased only by 1.6 TWh by 2016. “The efforts are spread across a number of ministries and organisations, and are categorised by a lack of coordination of goals, strategies and measures”, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • – The digitalisation of public entities must be managed and coordinated better

    ​​The work to renew and simplify public entities with digitalisation is too decentralised and unsystematic. “There is a need for stronger central management in order to make the expected improvements”, says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Many are still without work after participation in a labour market scheme

    ​75 percent of people with reduced work capacity who were not registered as having a job before they started on the labour market scheme, were without a registered job one year after they finished the scheme.  After two years, 65 percent of this group were registered as not having a job. “A large percentage do not have a job, despite comprehensive use of resources. Streamlining the process and improving follow-up would make it possible to get more people in work," says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Schemes have not been implemented to improve legal security for those who require a guardian

    ​The guardianship reform was supposed to improve the legal security for those who require a guardian, but problems with a new case management system has delayed the implementation of several central measures.  “There are no guidelines and there is too little systematic supervision and control. This applies both to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Norwegian Civil Affairs Authority and the county governors”, says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • More long-distance transport on roads - the goal is that as much as possible goes via the sea and railways

    ​The goal of transferring long-distance goods transport from roads to the sea and railways has not been followed up on with active management and effective measures. “Road transport has increased in volume and has strengthened its overall competitiveness in price, time and flexibility. To transfer goods transport to the sea and to railways requires a more managed and overarching strategy with follow up and measures that work," says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Norway lacks adequate health registers in important health areas

    ​An investigation into 64 registers shows that many health registers are of insufficient quality, a lot of existing data is rarely used and there is a lack of health data for major disease groups. – Both the Ministry of Health and Care Services and the regional health enterprises ought to put measures in place that ensure that the objective and national need are better managed, says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

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