Public sector organisations are facing many familiar as well as new challenges. They include digitalisation, dealing with climate change and environmental protection, the sustainability of public services, and the optimisation of administration and compliance. Successfully coping with these challenges requires innovative concepts and experience.
True to the PwC motto “Build trust in society and solve important problems”, it is our particular concern to support the public sector in fulfilling its social tasks. We want to contribute to making processes more efficient and thereby strengthen trust in public entities.
Our interdisciplinary range of advisory services is based on broad expertise in the various subject areas at federal, state, and local level. The PwC team has extensive experience in the public sector and designs tailor-made concepts for the situation of your organisation.
Federal, state, and local bodies
We are a reliable partner for governments, ministries, and other political institutions at federal, state, and local level when dealing with current challenges.
We help public enterprises to reconcile the delivery of public services with the principles of economic efficiency.
We support associations, foundations, NGOs, international organisations, and other non-profit-oriented entities in effectively delivering their added value to society.
We support churches and other faith communities in making themselves fit for the future.
With our consulting services, we support you in meeting the numerous challenges of the public sector, including those related to climate change and sustainable development, management optimisation, and compliance.
PwC's experts have many years of experience in the field of subsidies and can therefore provide you with optimal support, identify new opportunities, and ensure a smooth process.
On behalf of companies, we offer the following services:
Depending on the funding programme – usually above a certain threshold – it is necessary to have the subsidised expenses audited and certified by an auditor (e.g. FP7 from a funding amount of EUR 375,000).
Preparation of methodology certificates – e.g. certificate on the methodology for unit cost (CoMUC)
On behalf of public sector organisations, we carry out the following audits:
first-level control audits on behalf of the certifying authorities
second-level control audits on behalf of the auditing authorities
audits on behalf of the administrative or certifying authorities
Contact person: Rudolf Hoscher
As a long-term partner for public infrastructure projects, we would be glad to use our experience to advise and support municipalities, cities, states, and companies owned or influenced by public local authorities when implementing their (investment) projects.
Why do you need project support?
Especially in very complex and cost-intensive projects such as the construction of infrastructure, the renovation of buildings, or far-reaching digitalisation activities, you often come across very specific questions that even skilled employees can’t solve. This is exactly where we can step in as advisors to maximise your overall benefit – in line with the motto: We create added value together.
Specific ways PwC can support you in projects of this kind:
We advise you on rough and detailed project planning and project structuring.
With us you will define responsibilities clearly.
We’ll be at your side during the negotiation of financing agreements.
We’ll set important critical milestones.
We’ll develop an initial cash flow model.
We’ll compare possible implementation alternatives.
We’ll negotiate the business aspects of the project contracts with the client.
We’ll review the operational processes and financing.
We’ll help you with communicating the details to your employees
Your contact person: Tarik Daoud
To make public administration more effective and efficient, it is necessary to continuously improve existing processes and operations as well as the use of resources required for them. Under the leadership of our process optimisation team, the processes in all areas of your organisation will be determined and scrutinised to identify and implement optimisation potentials. In doing so, we attach great importance to cross-departmental cooperation in order to optimise the entire process organisation and to prepare the public administration for a digital future.
Specifically, we will support you with these services:
Survey of current processes
Deriving requirements for the target situation
Definition of target processes
Creation of a realisation/implementation plan
Your contact person: David Morawski
Public corporate governance and compliance management are becoming increasingly important for publicly owned companies. In the past, breaches of the rules have often led to major liability and reputational damage for public companies. Transparency and control are therefore no longer buzzwords but represent everyday requirements for the management and supervisory bodies of federal, state, and local government holdings.
How PwC can support you in projects of this kind:
Introduction/expansion or evaluation of governance systems, such as
risk management system (RMS)
internal control system (ICS)
compliance management system (CMS)
Analysis and optimisation of governance functions (1st, 2nd or 3rd line): clear responsibilities, structured cooperation, regulated exchange of relevant information, and alignment of the organisation with its goals.
Contact person: Florian Mundigler
The public sector has a responsibility to its citizens to use budgetary funds efficiently. In this context, budgets should be analysed regularly to identify potential savings.
The so-called spending review has established itself as a common tool for this purpose. We will gladly support you in designing and implementing such a review for your organisation.
We would also be happy to analyse your budget from the point of view of sustainable financing. We offer long-term budget analyses that evaluate the extent to which current spending, tax, and other policies are future-proof.
In addition, the public budget offers an effective control function to drive other political goals such as equality or sustainability. We would be happy to show you the possibilities of gender budgeting and green/SDG budgeting as well as how to control the public budget with regard to your individual priorities.
Contact person: Bernhard Schatz
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) are an international set of rules for accounting in the public sector. The introduction of IPSAS presents national and international public sector organisations with far-reaching decisions.
Switching to IPSAS will have effects on systems and processes, and we will be happy to advise you with our experience in the process. Besides the introduction, we can also support you in the subsequent application of IPSAS and the IPSAS-related public accounting standards such as BHG 2014 and VRV 2015.
PwC provides you with technical expertise and good practice solutions in the technical analysis and implementation of the new accounting standards.
Contact person: Bernhard Schatz
We work with public authorities / regulators and NGOs to use data to make better decisions, improve efficiency and effectiveness, promote the protection of citizens' interests, and proactively provide services tailored to citizens' needs. We help the authorities to build up data and analytics capacity, understand, test and scale use cases, and apply new and emerging technologies ethically. Advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, and robotic process automation are just some of the technologies that create value from data.
We will support you with these services:
Applied AI Research Centre – research and prototyping of explainable and ethical AI-driven systems, building frameworks for data analysis based on "white box" modelling techniques compliant with Article 22 of the (European) General Data Protection Regulation to detect patterns and anomalies found in different types of data. Implementing the power of deep learning and reverse data engineering to extract knowledge and observations required for individual use cases. Conducting AI implementation studies.
Smart cities (energy & mobility) – consulting on smart cities. The development of smart cities – enabled, powered, and integrated by digital technologies – will be one of the crowning achievements of 21st century societies. Today, governments, businesses and citizens are making even greater use of technology to achieve their goals. Intelligent digital services are making life in cities easier, more fulfilling, and safer.
But the transformation of our cities has only just begun, and developing smart cities requires more than just technology. Municipalities and the private sector must work together to turn their vision of connected, efficient and always-on citizen services into reality.
Digital twins & simulations – safety management / disaster management
Virtual Reality & Metaverse
Contact person: Elena Yalozova
Digitalisation is fundamentally changing the public sector, and with it its finance and accounting. Artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, advanced & predictive analytics, and blockchain are common buzzwords in this context.
Public entities that use the possibilities of digitalisation for their accounting and financial reporting can reduce costs and thus use taxpayers' money more efficiently.
Use our experience to successfully develop and implement the digitalisation strategy for your finance and accounting.
Contact person: Bernhard Schatz
Budget cuts, legislative changes and other political agendas make it difficult for public sector companies to take concrete action and stay innovative. In addition, the public's expectations of customer-focused, efficient, and quality-oriented services are exerting pressure. We help the public sector integrate digital technologies into the way they work to uncover new opportunities.
Contact person: Andreas Hladky
Easy access and a dense infrastructure network form the backbone of modern economic processes. We know the challenges digitalisation brings in the field of transport and logistics and focus on the user experience.
Digital transformation means that storied organisations are facing questions of relevance and innovative strength in the medium term. Process optimisation is the toughest challenge in this change process.