The Director of the Federal Finance Administration is Sabine D'Amelio-Favez (deputy: Peter Schwendener)
The organisational units of the Federal Finance Administration are: the Central Compensation Office CCO, headed by Adrien Dupraz (deputy: Christian Kuntzer); Swissmint, headed by Ronnie Mocker (deputy: Jan Niklas Betz); 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); Federal Finance & Accounting (FF&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 Arie Gerszt (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.
Directorate: Andreas Hostettler, Chief
Economic and Monetary Policy (EMP) advises the Head of the Federal Department of Finance and the Executive Board of the Federal Finance Administration (FFA) on economic and monetary policy issues. EMP's work serves to ensure sound economic, fiscal and monetary policy decision-making. At the same time, EMP supports the FFA divisions in developing economic policy reform proposals, in preparing the budget and with various reports.
In addition to monitoring and analysing the most important cyclical and economic policy developments at national and international level, analysing the long-term challenges for public finances (demographics, health, climate change, etc.) is a focal point.
Economic and Monetary Policy prepares the groundwork for key fiscal policy areas. Through background notes, articles in economic policy journals and its own studies, EMP helps to shape opinions on fiscal policy.
Another important task is overseeing the legal framework of the monetary policy order. In this context, EMP prepares proposals and reports that concern the Swiss National Bank and acts as an interface between the Federal Council and the Swiss National Bank. In addition, EMP represents the FFA in various national and international working parties and institutions. EMP has around 8 employees.
Directorate: Martin Baur, Chief
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.
Directorate: Peter Schwendener, Deputy Director
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.
Directorate: Martin Walker, Vice Director
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 FFA division aims to ensure orderly and correct accounting within the entire Federal Administration. The division employs approximately 90 people.
Directorate: Beat Blaser, Vice Director
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.
Directorate: Urs Eggenberger and Daniel Wittwer, Vice Directors
The Legal Services and Risk Management Division is responsible for all legal issues arising within the Federal Finance Administration. These include the preparation of proposals relating to legislation on budgets, monetary issues, the central bank, subsidies and fees. It advises the Directorate and other units of the FFA on all legal issues, as well as other federal authorities on the areas mentioned above. The Legal Services and Risk Management Division 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. The Legal Services and Risk Management Division has a staff of 14.
Directorate: Arie Gerszt, Vice Director
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.
Directorate: Adrien Dupraz, Director
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.
Directorate: Ronnie Mocker, Head of Office