The FSO is Switzerland's national competence centre for official statistics. It produces and publishes statistical information on the status and development of the population, economy, society, education, research, territory and the environment. The FSO is also the subject leader for "Data exchange between registers" (companies, persons and buildings) in eGovernment Switzerland.
The FSO was in charge of various prioritised projects in the eGovernment Switzerland programme for 2008 to 2015. In the 2016-2019 strategy plan, the FSO 2019 took over responsibility for the strategic "National address service" project from the Federal Office of Justice. The consultation draft on the new Address Services Act provides that the FSO will set up the service, which is why responsibility for the dossier has been transferred from the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) to the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA).