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

Follow-up Implementation of main recommendations - Directorate for Resources / Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Four audits carried out between 2016 and 2018 at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) resulted in important recommendations, the implementation of which the Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) reviewed at the end of 2019. This report deals only with the status of implementation. Background information, risks and audit results can be found in the published audit reports.

Audit number: 19215

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