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Audit Cost reimbursement to IV offices - Federal Social Insurance Office

The IV offices implement disability insurance (IV) at cantonal level. In addition, the Central Compensation Office (CCO) manages the IV office for insured persons resident abroad. The IV compensation fund reimburses the administrative expenses of all IV offices, including those of regional medical services. The annual total is around CHF 455 million. The funds are used to assess new applications for integration benefits and pensions, among other things. Almost 15,000 new pensions were registered in Switzerland in 2017. Around 400,000 people receive disability benefits in Switzerland, with around 219,000 receiving a pension and just under 90,000 receiving an investigative measure without disability benefits. The costs for cash benefits, individual measures and implementation costs amounted to approximately CHF 8.5 billion in 2017. The Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) supervises the cantonal IV offices and decides on the costs to be reimbursed.

Audit number: 18535

Audit Governance of unemployment insurance - Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

A suspected case of corruption at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) made the headlines in 2014. An administrative investigation was immediately initiated. In addition, SECO immediately filed criminal charges against the persons responsible. The Finance Delegation of the Federal Assembly (FinDel) suggested fundamentally adapting the organisation of the Unemployment Insurance Compensation Office: it should either be integrated in SECO or fully outsourced from the Federal Administration. Various possible new organisation models for the Compensation Office were examined. The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) did not follow FinDel's recommendation and in 2015 only adapted the organisation as much as necessary. The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) can understand this decision but sees scope for improvements.

Audit number: 17540

Audit Supervision of implementation agencies for supplementary benefits - Federal Social Insurance Office

AHV and IV supplementary benefits help in situations where pension claimants' income does not cover minimum living costs. At the end of 2016, 201,100 people were in receipt of an AHV supplementary benefit and 113,700 people were in receipt of an IV supplementary benefit. Expenditure financed by the Confederation (30%) and the cantons (70%) stood at CHF 4.9 billion. According to the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO), this figure is set to double by 2033.

Audit number: 16428