Auditing as an administrative tool
The Audit Department of the Federal Office of Transport (FOT) is a financial inspectorate, the function of which is to check that federal resources are used correctly. It provides independent and objective auditing and consultancy services.
The Audit Department acts independently and autonomously but reports directly to the Director. Pascal Stirnimann and his team's task is to constantly monitor not just the efficacy but also the legality of the FOT activities, as well as monitor its efficient use of the funds available to it. In the case of subsidised transport undertakings, the Audit Department conducts on-site audits to ascertain whether public money is being spent appropriately.