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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 irregularities

    ​In the past ten years, the Stortinghas 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 irregularities is not handled adequately. “Improved control must be ensured for the use and results of these funds,” says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • The Office of the Auditor General’s Summary of Activities in 2017

    The year 2017 was the last calendar year in the strategy period 2014–2018. The goals were to deliver relevant and socially useful auditing, implement professional auditing and controls, and have good management and efficient use of resources.

  • 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.

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