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  • Urgent need to reduce the maintenance backlog for defence properties, which has now grown to approx. NOK 4.5 billion

    ​The condition of the defence sector’s real estate and fixed assets has steadily deteriorated. By 2015, the cost of registered outstanding maintenance work had risen to almost NOK 4.5 billion. There is an urgent need for measures costing almost NOK 2 billion to tackle the maintenance backlog, which constitutes a 38 percent increase in two years. “The situation is worst for fortifications and defence installations,” said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Management and local reporting culture determines whether incidents are reported and followed up

    ​​The Office of the Auditor General’s auditof the management of state companies for 2015 highlights the importance of incidents being reported, systematised and shared. The issue is brought up in audits of incidents within the health authorities and in how three ministries monitor the companies’ corporate and social responsibility. “Active owner monitoring of corporate and social responsibility and a good reporting culture are vital to ensure that lessons are learned within individual companies and prevent further incidents,” said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Important public building and data systems are not sufficiently secure

    ​The collaboration between the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Ministry of Defence to protect key national institutions using security forces and physical measures is inadequate. “Both this and the poor protection of information systems result in a risk of important societal functions being rendered inoperable,” said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Follow-up of previously reported administration audits

    ​The Office of the Auditor General will follow up 2 of 16 previously reported administration audits, the investigation into aquaculture management and the investigation into the tax authorities’ control of value added tax.

  • The Offices of the Auditor General of Norway and Myanmar enter into a collaboration

    ​The Office of the Auditor General of Norway has signed a five-year collaboration agreement with Myanmar's Office of the Auditor General, which will cover auditing of the petroleum sector in Myanmar, among other things. The agreement was signed by auditor generals U Maw Than and Per-Kristian Foss in Oslo on 3 October.

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