Swiss Confederation: Cross-Departmental Processes completely paperless
On 9 May 2012, an important milestone in implementing the e-government strategy in Switzerland was defined at a meeting of the Federal Council. Both the meeting's preparation and follow-up were carried out consistently in electronic form, thus replacing paper with electronic processes as the leading medium in many procedures. The underlying Cross-Departmental Processes system is based on the Fabasoft eGov-Suite, which has been used successfully by the Swiss Federal Administration for many years.
Based on the task set by the Federal Council, namely "The FCh is changing over the processes of Federal Council and Parliament business to a completely electronic basis by the end of 2012 in collaboration with the departments (General Secretariats) and parliament services", the introduction of the Cross-Departmental Processes was agreed as a subproject of the GEVER program "Bund".
The project aims to make complex communication structures readily available in electronic form. Not only organizational boundaries need to be considered in this context; the limitations of both the system and the solution also have to be taken into account. The Cross-Departmental Processes solution can be seen as a communication platform that integrates the GEVER systems of the Federal Administration to handle business across departments.
In an evaluation process concluded during the first quarter of 2011, the eGov-Suite by Fabasoft was chosen as the appropriate software product. The Cross-Departmental Processes system is thus based on a proven software solution that has been used successfully by the Swiss Federal Administration for many years.
To ensure secure communications between the Cross-Departmental Processes system and the GEVER systems of the departments, the standards eCH-0039 and eCH-0090 (SEDEX) of the eCH association are used. Alongside the Fabasoft eGov-Suite, systems from other makers can also be integrated into these processes provided they meet the relevant standards.