The Parliamentary Control of the Administration
The Parliamentary Control of the Administration (PCA) is the evaluation service of the Federal Assembly. It conducts studies on behalf of the Control Committees (CC) on the legality, expediency and effectiveness of the activities of the federal authorities. When commissioned to do so, the PCA can also scrutinise the effectiveness of federal government measures on behalf of other parliamentary committees.
Recently finished evaluations
EXTRA-PARLIAMENTARY ADMINISTRATIVE COMMISSIONS
The majority of administrative commissions are appointed expediently and in accordance with the legal provisions. With the exception of a few outdated ones, the commissions fulfil their mandate of holding regular consultations with the Federal Council and Federal Administration. However, some of their services are poorly used because of shortcomings in appointment orders.
GROUNDWATER PROTECTION IN SWITZERLAND
Federal oversight of cantonal implementation of groundwater protection planning is only partially appropriate. Although the Confederation provides good enforcement support, there are shortcomings in the monitoring of the status of cantonal enforcement. The Confederation rarely intervenes where shortcomings in enforcement are identified.
Parliamentary involvement in the field of soft law
The way in which Parliament is involved in the field of soft law is only partially appropriate. The rights of the Parliament in this regard are well-developed in international comparison, but are open to interpretation. The practice in the Federal Administration is inconsistent, but efforts are underway to harmonise the approach. The responsibilities of the parliamentary committees are not clearly defined.
CONTROLLING OF OFFSET TRANSACTIONS
The controlling of offset transactions is only appropriate to a degree, because it is not possible to check whether the main objective of the offsets is being achieved, namely boosting the competitiveness of Swiss industry, in particular that of companies in the security-related technology and industrial base (STIB). However, the legal requirements are respected and considerable progress has been made in terms of transparency.
Information on ongoing evaluations can be found in the
summary of the annual report.
The measurement of effectiveness in international cooperation
Communication by the authorities in the run up to popular votes
Short-time work during the coronavirus crisis
- Extra-Parliamentary Administrative Commission
- Coronavirus crisis : use of scientific knowledge by the FOPH