The Director of the Federal Finance Administration is Serge Gaillard (deputy: Peter Schwendener)
The organisational units of the Federal Finance Administration are: the Central Compensation Office CCO, headed by Patrick Schmied (deputy: Christian Kuntzer); Swissmint, headed by Marius Haldimann (deputy: Ronnie Mocker); Staff, Personnel, Communications SP+C, headed by Andreas Hostettler (deputy: Anita Grütter); Economic Analysis and Policy Advice EAPA, headed by Martin Baur (deputy: Barbara Schlaffer); Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Equalization, Financial Statistics FP, headed by Deputy Director Peter Schwendener (deputy: Werner Weber); Expenditure Policy EP, headed by Vice Director Martin Walker (deputy: Marianne Widmer); Finance and Accounting F+A, headed by Vice Director Beat Blaser (deputy: Urs Julmy); Federal Treasury FT, headed by Vice Directors Urs Eggenberger and Daniel Wittwer; and Legal Services LS, headed by Vice Director Sabine D'Amelio-Favez (deputy: Eugen Künzler).
Human Resources supports line managers and staff members in all staffing matters. In cooperation with line managers, it implements a modern personnel policy. It supports managers in recruiting new staff and promoting personnel through targeted basic training and continuing professional development. It also takes care of apprentices and university interns. The Staff division organises the business of the Federal Council and acts as a hub for business administration. The Communications unit represents the FFA in its dealings with the public. It supports the specialist divisions and the management in communication matters, disseminates information through various channels and ensures a proactive communication policy. Approximately 10 people work for SP+C.
Economic Analysis and Policy Advice (EAPA) is responsible for advising on economic policy issues, and in particular, fiscal policy issues, for the Federal Councillor heading the Federal Department of Finance and for the Federal Finance Administration's Executive Board. To this end, it carries out scientific analyses on various macro and microeconomic issues, which serve as a basis for policy decision-making. It follows the latest economic research, applies its insights to the Swiss economy, and publishes its own studies as working papers. EAPA observes the economic environment and contributes to the drafting of economic projections, which form the basis for budgeting and financial planning. EAPA is also responsible for new legislation on central bank regulation concerning the monetary order. In addition, it fosters contact with the SNB and different agencies in the Federal Administration, and represents the FDF and FFA in various national and international bodies. Approximately 8 staff members work for Economic Analysis and Policy Advice.
The Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Equalization, Financial Statistics division prepares targets and guidance for the budgeting and financial planning process and for drawing up the financial statements for the attention of the Federal Council. In particular, it shows the fiscal policy leeway in accordance with the debt brake. For fiscal equalization, it calculates the annual equalization payments and performs regular evaluations of fiscal equalization. The division also compiles the statistics of Switzerland's government units (Confederation, cantons, communes and social insurance). In this way, it contributes to ensuring reliable and transparent bases for fiscal policy decision-making at cantonal and, in particular, federal level. The division employs approximately 30 people.
The Expenditure Policy division adjusts the budgetary submissions of the general secretariats of the departments and the federal offices in collaboration with them, and applies to the Federal Council for the expenditure needed to perform their tasks. It reviews projects and credit applications with regard to urgency, economic efficiency, financial feasibility and viability in light of the economic situation, periodically reviews the need for and usefulness of recurring expenditure, and regularly verifies the achievement of objectives and the use of resources for important federal tasks. The division also deals with many different questions relating to corporate and administrative management. Together with the specialised departments, it represents the ownership interests of the federal government vis-à-vis outsourced units. Moreover, under the new management model for the Federal Administration (NMM), it is responsible for providing the Confederation's individual administrative units with targeted and results-based guidance. Its goal is to achieve efficient management of federal finances. The division has 29 staff members.
This division is the federal competence centre for ensuring modern accounting methods. It administers and updates the accounting model and supports the administrative units (AUs) in accounting matters. It also provides Confederation-wide system applications for financial planning, budgeting, accounting and financial reporting. In addition, various federal services are centralised within this division. It manages the payments of the entire Federal Administration, settling over 2 million payment orders each year. Moreover, the FDF Finance Service Centre is part of this division. It keeps the accounts of the FDF's AUs and processes incoming invoices for the entire civil Federal Administration. The division advocates administrative management according to business management principles. One example of this is the allocation of costs across all federal AUs. Another is the internal control system (ICS). The F+A division aims to ensure orderly and correct accounting within the entire Federal Administration. The division employs approximately 90 people.
The Federal Treasury ensures that the Confederation has sufficient liquidity and manages the federal debt. It is responsible for raising funds on the money and capital markets on behalf of the federal government, and for the central procurement and management of foreign currencies. The Federal Treasury also administers accounts for the decentralised Federal Administration, and administers and manages the significant interests in affiliated enterprises, in line with the policy requirements. Its affiliated Central Collection Office is in charge of collecting debt that is difficult to recover, and administers the Federal Administration's certificates of loss. The Federal Treasury also runs the Federal Employees Credit Union, managing deposits of approximately CHF 2.7 billion for some 22,000 account holders. The division has around 30 employees.
Legal Services is responsible for all legal questions arising within the Federal Finance Administration. These include preparation of proposals relating to legislation on budgets, monetary issues, the central bank, subsidies and fees. Legal Services advises the Directorate and other units of the FFA on all legal questions, as well as other federal authorities on the areas mentioned above. Legal Services represents the property interests of the federal government in civil disputes. It decides on the settlement of claims where federal property is concerned or third parties have been injured. In addition, it coordinates the Confederation's risk management and business continuity management. It is also responsible for defining and implementing insurance policy. Finally, it draws up the corporate governance principles, in particular regarding the management of enterprises affiliated with the Confederation. Approximately 12 people work for Legal Services.
The Central Compensation Office (CCO), based in Geneva, is the central executive body of the Confederation for the first pillar of social security insurance (AHV/IV and EO). It is responsible for a variety of central services within the social security system including, for example, accounting, management of the central register and the movement of funds. For insured persons resident abroad, it processes applications for AHV/IV pensions, calculates the pension amount and carries out payments. It is also in charge of voluntary AHV/IV insurance for insured persons abroad, and manages the compensation fund for the employees of the central Federal Administration and enterprises affiliated with the Confederation. Organisationally, the CCO belongs to the Federal Finance Administration and employs approximately 850 people.
The Federal Mint Swissmint produces the country's coins (5 centimes to 5 francs) for use in everyday payment transactions. It also regularly issues special-quality commemorative coins and coin sets for the collectors' market. Commemorative coins in bimetal, silver or gold bear an official, state-guaranteed nominal value and are available in various minting qualities. Swissmint makes all of its own embossing tools (dies). It is also in charge of destroying worn and damaged coins that have been withdrawn from circulation by the Swiss National Bank. Swissmint has approximately 20 staff members.