As the central service provider of the Federal Government, the Federal Office of Administration (Bundesverwaltungsamt, BVA) performs various tasks relating to education and training. It administers over 4 million granted educational loans pursuant to the Federal Law concerning the Promotion of Education (BAföG) and is responsible for the central collection of such loans. Another task is the granting and collection of training loans (Bildungskredit). Since 2001, the BVA has granted more than 150,000 training loans of a total volume of over 850 million euros. In 2012, the Bildungskredit was rated best in the field of funding for completion of studies by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) for the fourth time in succession.
As the competent agency pursuant to the Vocational Training Act (Berufsbildungsgesetz), the BVA supervises the vocational training in 19 supreme federal authorities, almost 4,000 trainees in 75 professions in businesses, crafts and the public service in 350 training locations throughout Germany. It advises on the implementation of training projects, enters training contracts in a register, and conducts the professional examinations in the public service and further training examinations for public employees. Apart from that, the BVA is the central (further) training authority for more than 100 federal institutions.
In the training centers in Berlin and Cologne, 1,600 trainees from supreme and higher federal authorities each year undergo practice-oriented training for the public service. Furthermore, initial training courses for the intermediate service are provided, as well as a retraining for policemen to work in the internal administration. The BVA also offers a three-year qualification for the promotion to the higher intermediate service ("Verwaltungsfachwirt").
In the field of civil service law, the BVA is furthermore responsible for deciding upon the qualification for a certain career in the case of foreign diplomas as well as for the training and examination of civil servants of the intermediate service in the general internal federal administration.
The BVA stands out due to its continuously paperless work, especially when it comes to the administration and collection of educational loans as well as the granting and collection of training loans: from the storage and processing of personal data to granted loans to their repayment. The paperless work provides a lot of advantages both for the borrower and recipient of the loan and the competent authority: It ensures quick access to documents as well as a flexible routing and processing at different locations of the administrative bodies, thus contributing to significantly streamlining processes and considerably shorter processing times compared to conventional methods.