Main roles and responsibilities
Last updated: November 2011
The Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs has overall responsibility for eGovernment. Furthermore, it is responsible for national ICT policy and for helping to establish public ICT solutions that are effective, secure and user-friendly.
The Department of ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform, under the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, fulfils the Ministry's responsibility for national policies and strategies regarding Information Society in general. It oversees the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi).
The Department of ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform coordinates eGovernment activities, namely public sector development and ICT policy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Standardisation Council initiates and facilitates the systematic use of IT standards. It makes recommendations to the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs of the proposed standards that should be made mandatory for use by the public sector. In addition, it addresses the standards that are relevant for a wide range of public bodies.
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.
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.
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.
Regional and Local Authorities
The general approach to eGovernment in Norway is decentralised. Norway is divided into 18 counties and 430 municipalities (2011) with independent decision-making responsibility in the ICT area.
Regional and Local Authorities
egional and Local Authorities carry out projects within the framework of their competences.
KS aims, in cooperation with its members, to contribute to ICT development by: protecting the municipal sector’s interests with respect to central authorities, suppliers and other interest groups; contributing to the development of standards and requirement specifications for the exchange of information, integration of solutions and joint tools, ideally in cooperation with central authorities; inspiring and contributing to competence development in the municipal sector through proposals and recommendations, benchmarking, development of guidelines and establishing experience exchange networks.
KS holds regular meetings with the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs at political and administrative levels. It also participates in several boards, committees and working committees in other ministries and various government departments that deal with ICT issues.