Organigramm – Organisational chart of the FFA

Responsibilities of organisational units:

Director Federal Finances Administration FFA

Staff, Personnel, Communications

Human Resources supports the FFA and its divisions in all staffing matters. It is the contact office for staff members and their supervisors. In cooperation with line supervisors, it ensures implementation of a modern personnel policy, supports managers in recruiting new staff and recognising the potential of staff members and in promoting personnel through targeted training and continuing education. It is also responsible for the professional training of apprentices and for the support of interns. The Information Service of the FFA supports management with regard to information issues, serves as the coordination office for FDF Communications, and is responsible for the presence of the FFA in electronic media. Approximately 10 staff members work for Human Resources and Information.

Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Equalisation, Financial Statistics FP

The Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Equalisation, Financial Statistics division prepares foundations for the budgeting and financial planning process for the attention of the Federal Council, including the necessary targets and guidance. On the basis of assumed economic development and FFA data, it uses forecast models to estimate federal revenue. Each year, the division then drafts the dispatch on the estimated budget for the attention of the Federal Council and the report on the financial plan. Finally, it is responsible for compiling the statistics of the public budgets of Switzerland (Federal Government, cantons, municipalities, and social insurances) and deals with all questions relating to federal fiscal equalisation, such as those relating to the reorganisation of fiscal equalisation that entered into effect on 1 January 2008 and the division of responsibilities between the Federal Government and the cantons. The division employees approximately 30 people.

Finance and Accounting F+A

This division is the federal competence centre for finance and accounting. It administers the accounting model and adjusts it to new circumstances and demands. It supports the administrative units (AUs) in their accounting and operates an electronic Accounting Manual, which contains the rules necessary to ensure proper and correct accounting. The division is responsible for the uniform organisation of finance and accounting as well as payment transactions. The responsibilities of F+A include the rules governing inter-agency, credit-effective invoicing of services between the administrative units of the Federal Government as the "parent enterprise" (AUs of the central and peripheral Federal Administration, to the extent they do not administer their own accounts), promotion of stronger orientation of administrative management according to private sector principles (development and expansion of cost and performance accounting at the AU level), and ensuring a smoothly functioning internal control system (ICS) within each AU and the Federal Administration. It is responsible for making the requisite system applications available throughout the Federal Administration for financial planning, budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting.

F+A also includes the Service Centre for Finance, which substantially supports the AUs of the FDF in administering selected standardised accounting processes. Unlike accounting, payment transactions – more than 2 million inbound and outbound payment transactions for AUs each year – are in general centrally processed by F+A. F+A also processes data from AU accounting offices that are needed for drafting the estimated budget, the financial plan, and the federal accounts. The goal of F+A is to ensure proper and correct accounting within the entire Federal Administration. The divisions employs approximately 90 people.

Expenditure Policy EP

In collaboration with the general secretariats of the departments and the federal offices, the Expenditure Policy division rectifies the budget requests of the organisational units and applies to the Federal Council for the expenditures needed to fulfil their responsibilities. 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 and usefulness of recurring expenditures, and regularly verifies the achievement of objectives and the use of resources of important federal responsibilities. The division also deals with many different questions relating to corporate and administrative taxation. Together with the specialised departments, it represents the ownership interests of the Federal Government vis-à-vis outsourced units, and it is responsible for the further development of corporate governance with respect to outsourced federal tasks and for guidance of the Management by Performance Mandate and Global Budget (MPM) programme. Its goal is to achieve efficient management of federal finances. The division has approximately 29 staff members.

Economic Analysis and Policy Advice EAPA

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.

Federal Treasury FT

The Federal Treasury ensures the permanent solvency of the Federal Government and its affiliated enterprises and establishments. It is responsible on behalf of the Federal Government for raising funds on the money and capital markets and for the central procurement and management of foreign currency. The Federal Treasury also administers all fixed-interest custody accounts of the Federal Administration, processes special financing transactions, and administers and manages the significant holdings of the Federal Government, taking account of the changing political and market situations. Its affiliated Central Collection Office is in charge of collecting debt that is difficult to recover, and it administers the Federal Administration's certificates of unpaid debt. The Federal Employees' Credit Union is also part of the Federal Treasury, managing deposits of CHF 2,8 billion by 23,000 account holders. The Federal Treasury employs 32 persons. 

Legal Services LS

Legal Services is responsible for all legal questions arising with the FFA. These include preparation of legislative proposals relating to financial market law and financial budget law. Legal Services advises the FFA Directorate and the Minister of Finance on all legal questions ranging from financial budget law to constitutional law, monetary, coin, credit, and currency matters, and private law. Legal Services represents the interests of the Federal Government in civil disputes, appearing itself in court proceedings or ensuring adequate representation. It decides on the assumption of risk and settlement of claims where federal property is concerned or third parties have been injured by the Federal Government. In this context, it also defines the insurance policy of the Federal Government and accompanies the associated risk management. Approximately 12 people work for Legal Services. As the Legal Services of the FDF General Secretariat, it is also responsible for the department's tasks.


On behalf of the Swiss National Bank and according to its forecasts, Swissmint strikes Swiss coins for circulation (5 centimes to 5 francs) and the commemorative and collectors' coins issued by the Swiss Confederation. In addition to striking coins, it also makes all of its own embossing tools (dies). It is also in charge of destroying worn-out, counterfeit, and suspicious coins. Swissmint is itself responsible for marketing, sales, and distribution of commemorative and collectors' coins. Customers include permanent subscribers, individual customers, as well as dealers and banks. Swissmint is affiliated with the FFA as an autonomous unit and is managed by performance mandate and global budget. It has approximately 20 staff members.

Central Compensation Office CCO

The Central Compensation Office (CCO) is the executive central organ of the Federal Government responsible for Swiss Old Age and Survivors' Insurance (AHV), Disability Insurance (IV), and Income Compensation/Maternity Allowances (IC-MA). It employs approximately 850 people. It has been managed by performance mandate and global budget (MPM) since 1999 and encompasses the following four units:

  1. The Central Compensation Office (CENT) ensures an overview of the decentralised AHV/IV and IC-MA system. For this purpose, it administers central booking, monitors financial transactions with the individual decentralised compensation offices, and manages the central register of insured persons, pensions, and AHV/IV benefits. It also is responsible for processing statistical data relating to the first pillar of social insurances and issues the new social insurance number.
  2. The responsibilities of the Federal Compensation Office (FCO) includes administering AHV/IV and IC-MA for the employees of the Federal Administration and the approximately 230 federal enterprises and semi-governmental organisations. The FCO also manages a separate family allowance scheme for its affiliated employers.
  3. The Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) ensures the acceptance of interested persons into the voluntary insurance scheme, collects contributions, and administers individual accounts. The responsibilities of the SCO also include the application of bilateral agreements on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU/EFTA countries and other international agreements relating to social security. In these areas, it determines entitlements to pension payments, calculates their amount, and carries out payments. It administers the current pensions of foreigners not living in Switzerland from countries with which Switzerland has concluded social insurance agreements.
  4. The responsibilities of the DI Office for Insured Persons Living Abroad (DIO) includes processing of applications of insured persons abroad and payment of benefits under the voluntary insurance scheme, bilateral agreements on free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU/EFTA countries, and international agreements relating to social security.

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Last modification 20.11.2019

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