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Whistleblowing

Fight and prevention against corruption

Do you have a suspicion of irregularities, corruption or other illegal acts within the Federal Administration or concerning a subsidy beneficiary? The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) collects information from individuals and federal employees. It receives several reports of suspicions from whistle-blowers every year.

Meldungen WB e 2019

Effective from 1 January 2011, the obligation to report prosecutable violations or wrongdoing to the prosecution authority, superiors or the SFAO concerns all employees of the Confederation who are subject to the Federal Personnel Act (FPA). In addition, all employees of the Confederation are entitled to report to the SFAO other irregularities that they discover or experience in the course of their work. This information is used by the SFAO's auditors to detect organisational and work process weaknesses.

A justified suspicion is sufficient for reporting. Proof is not necessary. In both cases, the law protects whistle-blower federal employees. They may not suffer any professional disadvantage. The Federal Office of Personnel (FOPER) has published a brochure entitled "Prevention of corruption and whistleblowing".

Origin of reports in 2019

Group of peoplePercentage
Employees 44 %
External 56 %
Anonymous (all groups) 79 %

Reports received by the SFAO (2011–2019)

YearNumber
2019 187
2018 164
2017 122
2016 78
2015 64
2014 82
2013 70
2012 87
2011 61