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eGovernment Factsheet - Norway - Actors

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Posting Date
18 March 2007
Last Edited Date
02 June 2014
Country
Norway

Main roles and responsibilities

Last updated: March 2014

National eGovernment

Policy/Strategy

Department of ICT policy and Public Sector Reform, Ministry of Local Government & Modernisation
The Ministry of Local Government & Modernisation is responsible for the ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform.  In particular it is responsible for the administration and modernisation of the public sector as well as national ICT policy, including the supervision of the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi). The department of ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform fulfils the Ministry's responsibility for national policies and strategies regarding Information Society in general. This department is responsible for the coordination of the government’s efforts to reform and recondition the public sector; formulate the strategy and policy for the use of ICT in society; for the government’s administration policy, including, amongst other things, government use of organisational structures and other supervision instruments and finally providing socio-economic and other fact-based analyses of the public administrative sector and the use of resources in the public sector. It oversees the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi).

Coordination

Ministry of Local Government & Modernisation
The Ministry coordinates all aspects of national ICT policy and the modernisation of the public sector. Through its dedicated department, of ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform, it coordinates eGovernment activities, namely public sector development and ICT policy.

Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi)
One of Difi's main roles is to strengthen coordination in order to help develop and renew the public sector. It seeks to ensure that ICT development becomes more standardised and coordinated, and based on reuse and common solutions.

Information Security Coordination Council (KIS)
KIS, operating under the supervision of the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, coordinates regulations relevant to information security and undertakes the coordination of inspection practice within information security. 

Implementation

Ministry of Local Government & Modernisation, the Department of ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform
The Department of ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform is responsible for the work associated with policy implications concerning the prevalence of ICT in the public sector. It has an active, horizontal presence in the implementation process as it is the main body responsible for initiating and administering policies related to ICT and eGovernment.

Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi)
Difi implements a variety of projects and activities in such areas as: the analysis of various instruments used in public administration management; the development of human resources in state administration and ICT development in the public sector; and communication facilitation for citizens.

Support

Ministry of Local Government & Modernisation, the Department of ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform
The Department of ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform is responsible for promoting public sector development. A key area of activity is to promote government reforms, aiming at a more efficient public sector through the use of ICT.

Government Administration Services (GAS)
GAS is a government agency aimed at providing synergy for the ministries with cost effective and reliable shared services, including the running of computer systems. It reports directly to the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, which utilises GAS as a means of improving the way the national government functions.

Norwegian Centre for Information Security (NorSIS)
The objective of NorSIS is to provide advice and guidance on information security in Norway. It seeks to make ICT a natural part of everyday life by raising awareness about threats and vulnerabilities, advising on specific measures and contributing to forming positive attitudes in information.

ICT-Norway
ICT-Norway is an association representing the country's ICT industry. Its overall strategy is to create good business and development opportunities for its members, to promote their interests and to provide effective, value-added services. It also acts as a problem solver and a network, information, contacts and resource provider.

Audit/Assurance

Office of the Auditor General of Norway
The Office of the Auditor General ensures that the community's resources and assets are used and administered in compliance with the decisions of the Parliament. It is responsible for auditing, monitoring and advising all state economic activities, performing financial audits, performance audits and corporate control. The Auditor General has an independent status vis-à-vis government administration, and reports the results of its auditing and monitoring activities to the Parliament.

Data Protection

Data Protection Agency
The Data Protection Agency is an independent administrative body which is entrusted with the application of data protection laws. It verifies organisations’ compliance on processing personal data, regulates processing of sensitive data through licences and advises on matters on protection of privacy.

Privacy Appeals Board
The Privacy Appeals Board is the appeal body for decisions made by the Data Protection Agency. It considers appeals against decisions made by the Data Protection Agency pursuant to the Personal Data Act and certain other acts.

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