Organigramm – Organisational chart of the FFA

Responsibilities of organisational units:

Staff, Personnel, Communications SP+C

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: Filippo Giudici, Chief

Economic and Monetary Policy (EMP)

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

Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Equalisation, Financial Statistics FP

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

Expenditure Policy EP

The tax payers money should be used well - that is the task of the expenditure policy division. The division promotes efficiency and effectiveness in the federal administration. It supports the Federal Council in budgeting, sets up spending cuts programs if necessary and reviews federal subsidies periodically. It also assumes the role of the federal government as a shareholder in the large federal companies. The division employs 26 great people.
Directorate: Martin Walker, Vice Director

Federal Finance & Accounting (FFA)

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

Federal Treasury FT

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

Legal Services and Risk Management L+R

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

Central Compensation Office CCO

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

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