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Since its foun­da­tion in 1960, the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BVA) has been fac­ing new chal­lenges ev­ery decade. In the ear­ly years, the BVA was above all re­spon­si­ble for pay­ments of com­pen­sa­tions to for­mer staff in Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties, war grave main­te­nance, cit­i­zen­ship is­sues, and as­sis­tance for Ger­mans in need abroad.

In 1965, the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Labour and So­cial Af­fairs charged the BVA with mon­i­tor­ing the civil­ian ser­vice at that time.

In 1968, the Cen­tral Agen­cy for Schools Abroad (ZfA) was found­ed that sup­ports all Ger­man schools abroad in fi­nan­cial, ped­a­gog­i­cal and per­son­nel mat­ters.

Since 1971, the BVA has been sup­port­ing the pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing. Since that time, it has al­so been of­fer­ing vo­ca­tion­al train­ing in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion. In the 1970s, the BVA fur­ther as­sumed the man­age­ment of grants in sport fund­ing.

A tur­bu­lent pe­ri­od fol­lowed in the late 1980s. In the weeks be­fore the fall of the Berlin wall, thou­sands of re­set­tlers from the GDR ar­rived in West Ger­many. Those peo­ple had to be sup­plied. At the same time, the flow of eth­nic Ger­man re­set­tlers from the for­mer east­ern block reached its peak. The re­cep­tion pro­ce­dure was a ma­jor task of the BVA's: up to 397,000 peo­ple were reg­is­tered in the ten ini­tial re­cep­tion cen­tres at the time and placed in the fed­er­al states.

From the mid-1990s, the in­te­gra­tion of eth­nic Ger­man re­set­tlers had to be or­ga­nized, in­clud­ing lan­guage cours­es and lan­guage tests be­fore their ar­rival in Ger­many.

Ger­man re­uni­fi­ca­tion in 1990 had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the state or­ga­ni­za­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion. The BVA un­der­took many tasks, e.g. the liq­ui­da­tion of as­sets of the for­mer GDR Min­istry of State Se­cu­ri­ty (MfS) and its Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Agen­cy, the trans­fer of pen­sions of for­mer MfS of­fi­cials, and the in­te­gra­tion of two dif­fer­ent sport sys­tems.

In the 1990s, tech­no­log­i­cal equip­ment changed rad­i­cal­ly. The BVA has al­ways been us­ing mod­ern tech­nol­o­gy and has be­come one of the pi­o­neers of the pa­per­less of­fice.

In 1994, the elec­tron­ic case man­age­ment was born with the doc­u­ment man­age­ment sys­tem con­ceived at the BVA. An­oth­er pi­o­neer­ing step was the foun­da­tion of the Shared Ser­vice Cen­tre (DLZ), where the BVA brought to­geth­er cross-sec­tion­al ser­vices for in­sti­tu­tions for the first time.

In 2000, the BVA was one of the first fed­er­al agen­cies to pro­vide e-gov­ern­ment trans­ac­tion ser­vices with ‘BAföG-on­line’ which al­lows on­line fil­ing of ap­pli­ca­tions for ed­u­ca­tion­al loans.

In 2006, the Fed­er­al Of­fice for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy (BIT) was found­ed as a sep­a­rate di­rec­torate-gen­er­al at the BVA. In 2009, the CIO Coun­cil made the BIT one of the first IT ser­vice agen­cies of the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment.

Ap­ply­ing the shared ser­vices prin­ci­ple, the BVA has been of­fer­ing its prod­ucts to oth­er in­sti­tu­tions since 2010. The in­tel­li­gent use of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy al­lows to in­creas­ing­ly sys­tem­atize and com­bine tra­di­tion­al tasks, da­ta and pro­ce­dures, mak­ing pos­si­ble a new way of co­op­er­a­tion.

Sev­er­al times in its his­to­ry, the BVA has as­sumed a de­ci­sive role in im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance in re­sponse to trag­ic events. Many cit­i­zens re­mem­ber the aids fol­low­ing the Cher­nobyl dis­as­ter (1986), the 1997 Oder flood, the An­na Amalia Li­brary blaze in Weimar in 2004 and the 2004/2005 tsuna­mi in the In­di­an Ocean.

In 2013, the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion faced one of the great­est chal­lenges in its his­to­ry. On 1 Ju­ly 2013, the Fed­er­al Min­istry of De­fence trans­ferred large parts of the pay­roll ac­count­ing de­part­ment for the Bun­deswehr (Fed­er­al Armed Forces) to the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion. This trans­fer of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­sult­ed in around 1,400 Bun­deswehr em­ploy­ees mov­ing to the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion, while nine lo­ca­tions were added. The in­crease in re­spon­si­bil­i­ties al­so had or­ga­ni­za­tion­al im­pli­ca­tions: new de­part­ments were set up while ex­ist­ing de­part­ments were re­or­ga­nized.

In mid-2015, the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment adopt­ed a frame­work for the re­align­ment of the fed­er­al IT in­fras­truc­ture, which has had a far-reach­ing or­gan­isza­tion­al and tech­ni­cal im­pact on the BVA. The ma­jor project "IT-Zen­trum des Bun­des" (ITZBund) in­cludes the pro­pos­al to con­cen­trate all IT ser­vices linked to the fed­er­al ad­min­is­tra­tion step-by-step on just a few lo­ca­tions. As part of this pro­cess, the Fed­er­al Of­fice for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy (BIT) of the BVA was trans­ferred over to the new Fed­er­al In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Cen­tre (ITZBund) on 1 Jan­uary 2016 and has since then be­longed to the busi­ness do­main of the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Fi­nance (BMF).

As a re­sult, some for­mer BIT com­pe­tences are be­ing trans­ferred over to oth­er di­rec­torates-gen­er­al of the BVA. This is a new ini­tia­tive in a long chain of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion has un­der­tak­en in its 55-year his­to­ry.