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The Office of the Auditor General's investigation of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security's work on civil protection

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Summary

Background and objective of the audit

Civil protection and emergency preparedness work is about protecting society against events that can threaten fundamental values and functions and put lives and health at risk.

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security has the main responsibility for executing the Government's civil protection and emergency preparedness policies and for coordinating emergency preparedness work in the civilian sector. The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) serves as the Ministry's expert and supervisory body in this area.

The aim of the audit was to examine the extent to which the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and DSB discharge their civil protection and emergency preparedness responsibilities in an efficient manner and in accordance with the Storting's decisions and intentions.

Findings and recommendations

Serious shortcomings in the execution of the coordination responsibility weakens civil protection and emergency preparedness work

  • Three out of nine ministries have done little to follow up the recommendations from previous oversight carried out by the DSB on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
  • The Ministry of Justice and Public Security's management and follow-up of the county governors' emergency preparedness work is inadequate.
  • No systematic evaluation and follow-up is carried out following exercises and incidents.

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) recommends that the Ministry of Justice and Public Security

  • reinforce the follow-up of oversight procedures carried out on its own and other ministries' emergency preparedness work
  • ensure that there is better alignment between the professional management signals that are given, and the resources placed at the disposal of the County Governors in the emergency preparedness area
  • ensure that the learning potential following incidents and exercises is identified, leveraged and communicated in a more systematic manner
  • clarify the delegation of responsibilities and roles between the Ministry and DSB in practising the coordination responsibility

There are weaknesses in the Ministry of Justice and Public Security's management and follow-up of DSB

  • The Ministry's management of DSB has been mainly activity-based to date. The connection between the activity requirements in the letter of allocation and overall objectives in the area has been unclear. It has consequently proved very difficult to assess whether DSB contributes to the achievement of objectives and results in the field of civil protection and emergency preparedness.
  • The Ministry rarely requests reporting on resource utilisation nor does it have information about this from evaluations of DSB's activities.
  • DSB and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security have completely different views on whether the management dialogue works as intended.

The Auditor General recommends that the Ministry of Justice and Public Security set clear requirements for goal achievement and efficient use of resources in the letter of allocation to DSB.

DSB's performance management makes a limited contribution to good attainment of objectives and results

DSB's performance management is activity-based, and few requirements are stipulated for efficient use of resources. DSB makes little use of available information to further develop its performance management. This means that DSB has limited knowledge of its own use of resources, whether it is effective, and whether DSB's work contributes to the desired societal effects.

The OAG recommends that the Ministry of Justice and Public Security ensure the further development of DSB's performance management.

Ministry/ministries:

Riksrevisjonen, Storgata 16, P.O. Box 8130 Dep, 0032 Oslo, Norway

Phone: +47 22 24 10 00

Org.nr: 974 760 843