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Office of the Auditor General of Norway
Type Government agency
Founded 1816
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Area served Norway
Key people Jørgen Kosmo (Chairman)
Industry Auditing
Employees 460 (2007)
Parent Parliament of Norway
Website www.riksrevisjonen.no

The Office of the Auditor General of Norway (Norwegian: Riksrevisjonen) is the state auditor of the Government of Norway and directly subordinate of the Parliament of Norway. It is responsible for auditing, monitoring and advising all state economic activities, including financial audits, performance audits and corporate control. Located in Oslo, it is led by a board of five auditor generals elected for four years and between 2006 and 2009 led by Jørgen Kosmo. It is regulated by the Auditor General Act of June 1, 2005.

The auditor generals are all former politicians currently consisting of Chairman Jørgen Kosmo (Labour), Deputy Chairman Jan L. Stub (Progress), Annelise Høegh (Conservative), Geir-Ketil Hansen (Socialist Left) and Ranveig Frøiland (Labour). The offices has about 460 employees, mostly recruited among economists, lawyers and social scientists.

History

The office dates back to 1814 when the Constitution of Norway §75 stated that there were to be appointed five auditors by the Parliament of Norway with the first board being appointed in 1816. In 1822 the Ministry of Auditing (Revisjonsdepartementet) was created as a supplement to the office that originally bore the name Statsrevisjonen (lit. the State Auditing). When the current Parliament of Norway Building opened in 1866 the office followed along, and stayed in the building until 1890. In 1918 the system is changed and all state auditing is taken over by the office, removing the ministry. In 1938, with 64 against 63 votes, the Parliament of Norway changed the office's name to the current Riksrevisjonen (lit. the National Auditing). In 1962 the auditing of the Norwegian State Railways, Telegrafverket and the Postal Service were included in the office.

Auditor Generals

The Auditor General is the head of the Office.

References

  1. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed (2007). "Riksrevisjonen" (in Norwegian). Store norske leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. http://www.snl.no/Riksrevisjonen. Retrieved 15 October 2009.  
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