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2018 report: update prepared to inform the 2019 budget deliberations about the trend in departmental budget No. 21 “Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information”

Aug 30, 2018

Overview

To strengthen the independence of federal oversight of data protection on January 2016, the office of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information was set up as an autonomous supreme federal authority. The Office performs its mandate independently and subject only to the law. Anybody may request help from the Commissioner in cases of alleged violations of data protection rights or rights of access to information by federal government bodies.

The mandate includes:

  • control of compliance with data protection regulations by federal government bodies and the access to information provided by the federal government;
  • advice to Parliament, government and other federal government bodies;
  • certification of service providers in accordance with the De-mail Act of 28 April 2011.

In FY 2017, spending of departmental budget No. 21 totalled €11.4 million. Since the budget is an exclusively administrative budget, major spending areas are related to staff, goods and services. The Commissioner generates some revenues from charging fees.

Table 1 illustrates key expenditure and revenue of departmental budget No. 21.

Table 1

Table 01

Notes:
a Calculated on the basis of the original figures; any differences due to rounding.

b Calculated on the basis of the original figures; any differences due to rounding.

c Including excess and extra-budgetary commitment authorisations.

d Actual staffing as of 1 June 2017.

e For comparison: actual staffing on 1 June 2018: 133 established posts/positions

Source:
Departmental budget No. 21. For the year 2017: budget account; for the year 2018: budget estimate; for the year 2019: draft budget estimate

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