The predecessor to the present Statskonsult A/S was established in 1945, based on a proposal by an efficiency committee to establish a State-owned organisational and efficiency enhancement office. Storting granted the necessary funds for establishing the Efficiency Directorate in a decision dated 14 June 1947. The Directorate reported to the Ministry of Finance until 1962, when it was transferred to the then Ministry of Salaries and Prices. In 1972, it was transferred to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Administration. In 1987, its name was changed to Statskonsult – Directorate of Public Management Development. In 2001, the Norwegian Central Information Service and Statskonsult were merged and called Statskonsult – a directorate for communication, expertise and public management which reported to the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion. Following a decision by the Storting, Statskonsult was converted into a wholly State-owned limited company on 1 January 2004. It now reports to the Ministry of Government Administration and Reform. The company is to promote the development of good management by offering services such as evaluations, reports, advice, expertise development and services naturally related to these. The company is to primarily work for the public sector. The operations may be run by the company itself, by wholly owned subsidiaries or through other companies in which it holds a stake or with which it cooperates. Following a restructuring period (3 years), the company is to compete on an equal footing with other consulting firms and in time create a return for its owner that is in line with those of other consulting firms.