The Federal Council Affairs Section deals with government core business. Each year it handles more than 2,500 items of business that the departments and the Federal Chancellery present to the Federal Council. It plans the Federal Council meetings, draws up the agenda, runs the joint reports procedure and issues the decisions made by the Federal Council.
The Official Publications Centre plays a key role in the Federal Administration, helping the federal offices to prepare texts for publication in the Federal Gazette or the Official Compilation, and keeping law texts in the Classified Compilation up to date.
The French Section in the Central Language Services helps draft laws, translates and revises texts. It provides services to Parliament, the Federal Council, the federal departments and the Federal Chancellery.
The Italian Division of the Central Language Services is the oldest language service at the Federal Chancellery. It comprises the Legislation and Language Section, based in Bern, and the Translation and Editing Section, based in Bellinzona.
The Terminology Section in the Federal Chancellery’s Central Language Services provides relevant and up-to-date terminology in the four national languages and in English for the whole of the Federal Administration.
The Presidential Services Unit, which has been part of the Federal Chancellery since 2015, supports the president’s department in carrying out the additional tasks arising in the presidential year. In particular, the Presidential Services Unit provides advice on matters of diplomacy and communication.
Persons applying for senior management positions in the Federal Administration are required to undergo security screening. The Personnel Security Screening unit at the Federal Chancellery is exclusively responsible for conducting these checks, which include interviewing candidates (highest security level) – primarily those selected by the Federal Council.