Thursday, 23 August 2012

Norwegian top bureaucrats guaranteed jobs for life even when failing

In today's editorial on, the Norwegian financial news paper writes,
The state has developed a tradition that senior managers are assured of eternal retreat posts as special advisers in the bureaucracy, with the same pay and conditions as when they were in charge. This also applies to those who are employed for a fixed term, and even if they choose to retire early. The development is unfortunate. This taking place automatically leads to some of the state's most expensive jobs being created as a result of personnel policy, and not by academic needs. Moreover, this practice protects them on a life-long basis no matter how they perform in their jobs. Why should not government executives run some risk if they make fatal errors of judgement?
This is yet again another example (see for example here) of how the existing government and the bureaucrats in Norway are wasting tax payer money and the wealth generated from petroleum while protecting their own. As written before, government spending is out of control (see for example here and here) and there clearly is a cultural problem with a lack of respect of the country's resources.

Police director Oystein Maeland resigned with immediate effect from his position last Thursday, as he felt he did not to have clear support from Justice Minister Grete Faremo by the Commission report's massive criticism of the police. DN wrote Monday that Maeland's job contract ensures him a retreat position with the same base salary when his term expires. Both previous Police Security Service (PST) chief Janne Kristiansen and former Secretary Morten Ruud Ministry of Justice received special adviser positions in the same department after they chose to leave their positions as a result of 22 July.
Janne Kristiansen was in charge of the PST prior to the attacks on 22 July 2012 and remained in office for a few month longer despite facing massive criticisms for failing to have Anders Behring Breivik on the radar prior to the attacks.

The editorial concludes by explaining there are 67 special advisers in the various ministries and that they represent the "bureaucratic elite". The work they do ranges from director level positions to roles with no specific responsibilities.

As written before on EcPoFi, it's time for Prime minister Stoltenberg and his coalition government to step down and for the country to end an extraordinary wasting of tax payer money and petroleum wealth on bureaucrats and ever-growing government expenditures.

For more details on the growing bureaucracy in Norway and central government spending refer to a series of articles published on this website titled A Financial Analysis of Norway.


1 comment:

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