The Federal Department of Finance (FDF, German: Eidgenössisches Finanzdepartement, French: Département fédéral des finances, Italian: Dipartimento federale delle finanze, Romansh: Departament federal da finanzas (help·info)) is one of the seven departments of the Swiss federal government. The department is headquartered in Bern and headed by a member of the Swiss Federal Council, Switzerland's finance minister. Initially, in 1848, the department was called "Department of Finance", then, from 1873 "Department of Finance and Customs", until it received its present designation in 1978.
|(in German) Eidgenössisches Finanzdepartement|
(in French) Département fédéral des finances
(in Italian) Dipartimento federale delle finanze
(in Romansh) Departament federal da finanzas
The Bernerhof, headquarters of the Federal Department of Finance
|Jurisdiction||Federal administration of Switzerland|
|Annual budget||Expenditure: CHF 15.7 billion|
Revenue: CHF 59.5 billion
The Department is composed of the following offices:
- General Secretariat, including the Federal Strategy Unit for IT (FSUIT).
- Federal Finance Administration (FFA): Responsible for the budget, financial planning, financial policy, the federal treasury and financial equalisation between the Confederation and the cantons. Operates the federal mint.
- Federal Office of Personnel (FOPER): Responsible for human resources management, personnel policy and personnel training.
- Federal Tax Administration (FTA): Responsible for federal revenue collection and the application of federal tax laws in the cantons.
- Federal Customs Administration (FCA): Responsible for monitoring the import, export and transit of goods, collecting customs duties, traffic charges and taxes.
- Swiss Alcohol Board (SAB): Regulates the alcohol market.
- Federal Office of Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication (FOITT): Provides IT services for the federal administration.
- Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (FBL): Responsible for property management, central procurement of non-durable goods, federal publications and the production of the Swiss passport.
- State Secretariat for International Financial Matters
The following independent authorities are affiliated to the FDF for administrative purposes:
- Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO): The federal government audit office. Examines accounting practices and verifies the proper and efficient use of resources by the administration, other public service institutions and subsidy recipients.
- Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA): Regulates banks, insurances, securities dealers, investment funds and stock exchanges, as well as the disclosure of shareholding interests, public takeover bids and mortgage lenders.
- Federal Pension Fund (PUBLICA): Provides insurance coverage to employees of the federal administration, the other branches of the federal government and associated organisations.
List of heads of the departmentEdit
- 1848–1850: Josef Munzinger
- 1851 only: Henri Druey
- 1852 only: Josef Munzinger
- 1853–1855: Henri Druey
- 1855–1856: Josef Martin Knüsel
- 1857–1858: Jakob Stämpfli
- 1859–1861: Constant Fornerod
- 1862–1863: Josef Martin Knüsel
- 1864–1867: Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel
- 1868 only: Victor Ruffy
- 1869 only: Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel
- 1870–1871: Paul Cérésole
- 1872 only: Karl Schenk
- 1872–1873: Johann Jakob Scherer
- 1873–1875: Wilhelm Matthias Naeff
- 1876–1878: Bernhard Hammer
- 1879 only: Simeon Bavier
- 1880–1890: Bernhard Hammer
- 1891–1899: Walter Hauser
- 1900 only: Robert Comtesse
- 1901–1902: Walter Hauser
- 1903 only: Robert Comtesse
- 1904 only: Marc-Émile Ruchet
- 1905–1909: Robert Comtesse
- 1910 only: Josef Anton Schobinger
- 1911 only: Robert Comtesse
- 1912–1919: Giuseppe Motta
- 1920–1934: Jean-Marie Musy
- 1934–1938: Albert Meyer
- 1939–1943: Ernst Wetter
- 1944–1951: Ernst Nobs
- 1952–1954: Max Weber
- 1954–1959: Hans Streuli
- 1960–1962: Jean Bourgknecht
- 1962–1968: Roger Bonvin
- 1968–1973: Nello Celio
- 1974–1979: Georges-André Chevallaz
- 1980–1983: Willy Ritschard
- 1984–1995: Otto Stich
- 1996–2003: Kaspar Villiger
- 2004–2010: Hans-Rudolf Merz
- 2010–2016: Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
- 2016–present: Ueli Maurer
- Swiss Federal Chancellery. "The Swiss Confederation – a brief guide 2009". Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
- "Organisation chart". Federal Department of Finance. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008.
- Federal Act on the Federal Pension Fund, of 20 December 2006 (status as of 1 January 2012), Federal Chancellery of Switzerland (page visited on 5 September 2016).