The Strategic Management Support Section has the task of drafting the Federal Council’s planning and activity reports and provides crisis management training to the Federal Administration.
Planning and early detection
The Section, in collaboration with the departments, drafts the Federal Council’s legislature plan and its annual objectives. To prepare the legislature plan, the Section draws up a report for the Federal Council on likely long-term challenges with contributions from national and international experts. The Section also continually analyses global trends which could have a medium-term strategic crisis potential for Switzerland (early detection) and their impact on political planning (situation and context analysis).
Every year, in cooperation with the departments, the Section prepares a report on behalf of the Federal Council on its management priorities. It also assesses all items of Federal Council business for compatibility with the Federal Council’s overall policy and conducts an audit of tasks commissioned by the Federal Council and Parliament.
The Section offers the departments the following services in the field of crisis management:
- logistical and methodological support and advice in the event of supra-departmental crises
- crisis management training
The Section also plans, conducts and evaluates strategic leadership exercises (SLE).
Conference of Secretaries General
The Section supports the Conference of Secretaries General and acts as its secretariat.