In 1960, the Federal Ministry of the Interior established the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) as an independent superior federal authority with headquarters in Cologne.
"Willing to follow new paths" - this has been the BVA’s guiding motto since its foundation. In order to meet the changing demands, the superior federal authority is continuously developing. Today, the BVA is the central service provider of the Federal Government and performs more than 150 specific tasks. The number of employees has increased to about 4,000 as a result of the transfer of tasks from the Federal Defence Administration.
Citizens can benefit directly from the BVA's work. However, the staff performs above all numerous tasks for authorities and non-governmental organizations, including the Office of the Federal President, the Federal Chancellery, and all Federal Government institutions. The advantage for clients: They can concentrate on their core tasks and are relieved of time-consuming and cost-intensive routine work. By carrying out tasks centrally, the BVA makes an important contribution to enhancing quality and efficiency in public administration.
The wide range of services includes specialized, cross-sectional and administrative tasks. The BVA advisory services help other institutions with modernization, giving an impetus in the fields of strategic governance, organization, personnel, and information technology. In addition, its special solution portfolio enables the BVA to provide authorities with fast and pragmatic support at all times. With all these competences, the BVA assumes a unique position in public administration.
In 2016, the BVA managed budgets with revenues and expenditures amounting to approx. 21,45 billion euros, including its own total budget of about 241,4 million euros.