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The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of object security follow-up

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Summary

​Background and objectives of the investigation

The classified report The Office of the Auditor General’s report on the audit of the object security of the police and the Norwegian Armed Forces – Document 1, appendix no. 1 (2016–2017), was submitted to the Storting on 18 October 2016. The report identified significant deficiencies in the object security of the National Police Directorate and the Norwegian Armed Forces. In its processing of the report, the Storting asked that the Office of the Auditor General follow up on the matter and come back to the Storting with a status report on object security as of 29 May 2017.

The goal of this investigation is to provide the Storting with information about progress made since 2014 and the status of object security at the end of 2017, including whether the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Ministry of Defence have improved object security to meet the Storting’s expectations. Object security refers to both the basic security of sensitive objects and the safeguarding and protection of objects using security forces from the police and the Armed Forces in the Norwegian Home Guard.

Findings and recommendations

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Ministry of Defence have not taken sufficient measures to ensure that the basic security of sensitive objects in the police and the Armed Forces meets the Security Act and the Storting’s expectations

  • Three years after the deadline set by the Storting of 1 January 2015, the basic security of the sensitive objects in the police and the Armed Forces is still insufficient
  • It will take a long time before the basic security of sensitive objects in the police and the Armed Forces is in accordance with the Security Act and meets the Storting’s expectations. The time estimates are uncertain and will depend on priorities and funding
  • The Ministry of Defence’s plan for establishing basic security for sensitive objects before 2025 is not in line with the Storting’s decisions and expectations
  • The Ministry of Justice and Public Security has not ensured that the financing of the basic security of sensitive objects in the police is in accordance with estimated costs
  • The Storting has not been informed of the costs for establishing basic security of the sensitive objects in the police

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Ministry of Defence have improved the follow-up of the police’s and the Armed Forces’ use of security forces, but significant challenges remain

  • Insufficient common understanding of object security instructions
  • Deficiencies in the process of identifying civilian key objects
  • Deficiencies in the Home Guard’s operational ability
  • Insufficient clarification and analyses of the capacity of the police and the Home Guard to safeguard and protect objects using security forces

Recommendations

The Office of the Auditor General recommends that the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Ministry of Defence:

  • Establish a binding timetable and financing proposal to ensure that permanent basic security of sensitive objects in the police and the Armed Forces is established in accordance with the Storting’s expectations
  • Implement necessary temporary measures for sensitive objects in the police and the Armed Forces in accordance with the Security Act, until permanent basic security is established
  • Ensure common understanding of the object security instructions between the ministries
  • Clarify and ensure that the police and the Home Guard each have the necessary capacity to safeguard and protect objects using security forces
Ministry/ministries:

Riksrevisjonen, Storgata 16, P.O. Box 6835 St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo, Norway

Phone: +47 22 24 10 00

Org.nr: 974 760 843