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Walter Thurnherr has been head of the Federal Chancellery since 2016. The Federal Chancellor supports and advises the government.
André Simonazzi has been Vice Chancellor and Spokesman for the Federal Council since April 2009.
On 1 May 2019, Viktor Rossi took on the role of Vice Chancellor.
The Federal Chancellery acts on the basis of the Government and Administration Organisation Act, among other regulations.
Federal Chancellery strategy determines its focus and developments for the period 2016–2019.
The Federal Council’s staff office is the oldest institution among the federal authorities - 45 years older than the federal state of Switzerland itself.