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GlobusThis section contains SFAO audits related to Switzerland's relations with foreign countries.

Audit Total refurbishment project for the Washington chancery building - Federal Department of Foreign Affairs / Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics

The Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (FOBL) is undertaking a total refurbishment of the chancery building used by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Washington D.C. (USA) for around CHF 14 million. Between 2015 and 2018, the project costs increased from around CHF 7 million to CHF 14 million under the current application. The start of construction was scheduled for autumn 2019. Work on the building that will temporarily house the chancery is already under way.

Audit number: 19383

Audit Impact of Swiss schools abroad - Federal Office of Culture

Swiss schools abroad are non-profit educational institutions subsidised by the Swiss federal government. They are accredited by the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) on the basis of predefined criteria. The FOC disburses some CHF 18 million a year to support these schools. The aim is to promote Swiss education and culture abroad, as well as to further the education of young Swiss citizens living abroad and strengthen their ties with Switzerland. The schools also give children and young people in the host country an understanding of Switzerland and its culture.

Audit number: 19407

Audit Use of federal subsidies by the NGO Swisscontact - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation / State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) rely on Swiss non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to implement policies in the areas of humanitarian aid, development aid and economic cooperation. For the first time, the Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) has verified the use of federal financing allocated by these offices to one of these organisations, Swisscontact (SC). This foundation ranks first among Swiss NGOs in terms of federal subsidies. It receives annual federal support of some CHF 70 million. In 2018, SC received a basic contribution of CHF 6.5 million, as well as CHF 63.6 million for the performance of SDC and SECO mandates awarded under public procurement rules. This sum represented 70% of the NGO's revenue.

Audit number: 19442