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Mission

The OA-IA supervises the intelligence activities of the Federal Intelligence Service (FIS), the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), the Cantonal intelligence services (CIS) as well as third parties and other agencies commissioned by the FIS. It reviews these activities with regard to their legality, expediency and effectiveness.

The OA-IA coordinates its activities with parliamentary supervisory activities and with other federal and cantonal supervisory bodies. The OA-IA informs the DDPS about its activities in an annual activity report. This report is published.

The OA-IA has access to all relevant information and documents and has access to all premises of the supervised bodies. In order to carry out its supervisory activities, the OA-IA has access to all information systems and data files of the supervised entities; it may also access personal data which is particularly sensitive.

The OA-IA notifies the DDPS in writing of the results of its inspections and may make recommendations. The DDPS ensures that the recommendations are implemented. If the DDPS rejects a recommendation, it submits it to the Federal Council for decision.



Independent Oversight Authority for Intelligence Activities Maulbeerstrasse 9
3003 Bern
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+41 58 464 20 75

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Independent Oversight Authority for Intelligence Activities

Maulbeerstrasse 9
3003 Bern