Modernization of Administration; Administration Management
Directorate-General VM assumes, among others, the following tasks for other federal authorities:
The Federal Office of Administration provides support services, applying the shared services principle. The use of IT allows new forms of cooperation: traditional tasks can be further systematized and combined. Directorate-General VM supports its client authorities in the context of a division of labour in administrative work packages while decision-making remains with the client. By centralizing tasks, client authorities are relieved of routine work and can concentrate more intensively on their core tasks. Other advantages are lower costs, an improved service and a uniform application of the law.
Another area of activity at VM is vocational training. In its offices in Berlin and Cologne/Bonn, the BVA offers central in-service training in administrative professions as well as further training to qualify for work as certified senior clerk in public administration (Verwaltungsfachwirt). This offer is targeted at 100 federal authorities and more than 1,600 (vocational) trainees. Furthermore, civil servants of the intermediate non-technical service undergo training in Cologne to prepare them for employment in the federal administration. Police officers receive training as well to qualify for the intermediate non-technical service in the federal administration.
In addition, the BVA is the competent agency pursuant to the Vocational Training Act (Berufsbildungsgesetz) for 17 supreme federal authorities, the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat with 350 federal training locations and almost 4,000 trainees in 70 professions. The "competent agency" for instance monitors vocational training and advises training providers.
Furthermore, the BVA has been providing partner authorities as well as grant recipients in politics, culture, sport and science with comprehensive audit and consultancy services in the fields of organization and personnel for over 15 years. BVA consultants work as neutral experts and develop tailor-made solutions.
A wide circle of users can access this Directorate-General's knowledge also online, f.i. via the "Handbuch für Organisationsuntersuchungen und Personalbedarfsermittlung", a manual on organizational review and the identification of staff required, via a process portal and the CAF network. The Central Office for Consultancy Requests was established at the BVA to efficiently manage all incoming requests in the field of administrative organization and modernization.