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    A number of government organisations have insufficient information security

    ​There are significant flaws in information security in a number of government organisations, including the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, according to the 2016 accounting audit by the Office of the Auditor General. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate processes information from the oil sector, the protection of which is of the utmost importance. "It is strongly reprehensible that the Directorate still does not have a satisfactory information security system", said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

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    CO2 management: The involvement of the state is still important

    ​The Office of the Auditor General has not closed the previously reported audit of governmental work on CO2 management. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy continues to work to find a financing model to ensure a process from capture to storage with commercial partners. "The involvement of the state will continue to be important", said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • 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.

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