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Person hilft älterer PersonThis section contains SFAO audits related to policy issues concerning social insurance.

Audit Granting of subsidies to private disability organisations - Federal Social Insurance Office

Disability insurance (IV) is a compulsory social insurance scheme designed to combat the consequences of disability. In addition to insurance benefits, IV pays subsidies to disability organisations. This is based on Article 74 and Article 75 of the Federal Act on Invalidity Insurance. The services covered by these subsidies range from advice to the production of specialist information and courses. Some fifty organisations share just over CHF 155 million per year. Most of them delegate the provision of services to hundreds of sub-contractors. The Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) is responsible for implementing this subsidy.

Audit number: 22624

Evaluation Invalidity insurance retraining measures - Federal Social Insurance Office

The invalidity insurance (IV) can retrain people who can no longer pursue their current occupation for health reasons. Retraining includes a wide range of measures, such as courses lasting a few weeks, continuing professional development, vocational apprenticeships or tertiary studies. Every year, around 4,000 insured persons undergo such retraining. The costs amount to around CHF 100 million. On top of that, approximately CHF 270 million in daily allowances is paid out during training. The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) examined the way retraining works and its effectiveness. Among other things, it conducted case studies in four cantons (Bern, Geneva, Schwyz, St Gallen) and a survey of 1,500 insured persons.

Audit number: 21133

Evaluation Administrative costs of the 2nd pillar - Federal Social Insurance Office

The 2nd pillar is one of the core elements of social security in Switzerland. In 2020, it had 4.3 million active insured persons and paid out pensions to around 1.2 million people. The assets of this capital-based insurance scheme were around CHF 1,100 billion. The annual costs of the 2nd pillar institutions amount to around CHF 6.8 billion, of which CHF 5.1 billion is spent on asset management. This amounts to more than CHF 1,500 per insured person in the median pension fund each year.

Audit number: 20297