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Government and Administration Organisation Act
(GAOA)

English is not an official language of the Swiss Confederation. This translation is provided for information purposes only and has no legal force.

of 21 March 1997 (Status as of 2 December 2019)

Art. 47 Decisions

1 De­pend­ing the im­port­ance of an item of busi­ness, it is dealt with by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil, a de­par­tment, a group or an of­fice.

2 The Fed­er­al Coun­cil sets out in an or­din­ance which ad­min­is­trat­ive unit is re­spons­ible for de­cisions about in­di­vidu­al items of busi­ness or in wider areas of busi­ness.

3 If the de­part­ments are un­able to agree on re­spons­ib­il­ity in spe­cif­ic cases, the Pres­id­ent of the Con­fed­er­a­tion shall de­cide.

4 The su­per­or­din­ate ad­min­is­trat­ive units and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil may at any time take re­spons­ib­il­ity for de­cid­ing on a par­tic­u­lar item of busi­ness.

5 Man­dat­ory re­spons­ib­il­it­ies in ac­cord­ance with the le­gis­la­tion on the ad­min­is­tra­tion of fed­er­al justice are re­served. If the ap­peal to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil is not per­mit­ted, the lat­ter may is­sue a dir­ect­ive to the com­pet­ent fed­er­al ad­min­is­trat­ive au­thor­ity on how to de­cide in ac­cord­ance with the law.

6 Fed­er­al Coun­cil busi­ness is del­eg­ated by law to the de­part­ment com­pet­ent for the mat­ter con­cerned where rul­ings must be is­sued that are sub­ject to an ap­peal to the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­trat­ive Court. The ap­peal against Fed­er­al Coun­cil rul­ings un­der Art­icle 33 let­ters a and b of the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Court Act of 17 June 200548 is re­served.49

48 SR 173.32

49 Amended by An­nex No 9 of the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Court Act of 17 June 2005, in force since 1 Jan. 2007 (AS 2006 21971069; BBl 2001 4202).