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  • Rail investments have not been adequately managed

    ​In order to maximise the benefits of major rail investments as regards shorter journey times, more frequent services and better predictability, projects such as the installation of new passing loops and infrastructure for turning and stabling trains must also be considered during the planning process. “Better coordination with these minor projects combined with timetable changes could have enabled rail services to be improved sooner,” says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Marked failure in the planning and implementation of the Storting’s construction project

    ​“The Office of the Auditor General’s review of the Storting’s construction project identifies weaknesses in the planning and implementation of the project. Independently of the errors which have been made by the suppliers, weaknesses in the Storting’s own follow-up of the project were an important factor behind the sharp rise in costs. It is problematic that the Presidium of the Storting did not ensure sufficient capacity and competence for the planning of such a large and complex construction project,” says vice chairman of the Board of Auditors General, Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen, who has led the work on the report.

  • Archiving and transparency practices in the central government administration have serious shortcomings

    ​Many ministries and government enterprises have poor archiving practices and offer insufficient opportunities for access. "Few other countries have transparency and the right of access to documents covered so extensively by law; however, this does not work in practice. This is due both to a lack of knowledge and to archiving systems that are insufficiently user-friendly", said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • – Poor management and control of fighter aircraft sale

    ​Both the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence had inadequate internal controls during the process associated with the sale of F-5 fighter aircraft, which took place during the period 1999–2015. The documentation, archiving and audit trails for the sales process in the Norwegian Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs were poor. "The defence authorities had an inadequate understanding of the rules concerning the export of military material in connection with the attempted sale in 2003, which is extremely serious," says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • – Continuing need to strengthen the work relating to civil protection and preparedness

    There are still weaknesses in the work relating to civil protection and preparedness, despite the fact that there have been improvements in many areas. Several ministries lack an overview of risk and vulnerability in their own sectors. "It is also reprehensible that the requirements in this area have not been adequately clarified," says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

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