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 Projects
Administrative and disciplinary investigations in the Federal Administration
Administrative and disciplinary investigations in the Federal Administration are usually requested, conducted and concluded in an appropriate manner. However, the evaluation uncovered some weaknesses in the choice of type of procedure, the inclusion of the departments, procedural regulations, the application of the statute of limitations and the use of available expertise.
External employees in the Federal Administration: brief follow-up evaluation
The use of external employees in the Federal Administration has become more transparent. The Federal Council has issued clear directives; for the most part, these are observed. However, the risk of pseudo-temporary positions still exists. The Confederation has created numerous internal positions, although it is not clear whether the potential for cost-saving has been fully exploited.
The Confederation’s communication activities
The Confederation’s communication activities are, in general, satisfactory. Communication is appropriate and in conformity with the statutory requirements. However, there are some shortcomings with regard to the clarity of guidelines, interdepartmental coordination and cost transparency.
Dealing with adopted motions and postulates
Overall, the Federal Council deals with the motions and postulates adopted by Parliament satisfactorily. However, procedural requests vary greatly in nature and the time taken to address them differs considerably. The processes and instruments employed by Parliament to monitor how requests are dealt with is only partially suitable.
Information on ongoing projects can be found in the
- Assignment of cases among the Federal Courts of Justice
- Oversight of offset orders
- Groundwater protection in Switzerland