The Norwegian Federation of Organisations of Disabled People (FFO) was founded on September 21st 1950, and is a central co-operative body of organisations of disabled people in Norway. The Norwegian government and FFO have, by agreement, established a Contact Committee. The Committee is headed by the Secretary of State of the Ministry for Health and Social Affairs. Current questions and problems are discussed in this Committee, e.g. FFO's comments on the annual governmental budget proposals. FFO, along with the Norwegian retired persons association and the Trade Union Congress (LO) in Norway, participate in the annual social security negotiations with the government. FFO is represented on boards, councils and committees, and participates among others, in the State Council on Disability, The Norwegian Biotechnological Committee and the Board of Including Education (Norwegian Directorates for Education and Training). FFO is organised centrally with branch organisations/offices on both county and municipality levels.