Federal administrative office chief demands digital ministry in Germany


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The President of the Federal Office of Administration, Christoph Verenkotte, spoke out on Saturday for a digital ministry at the federal level. According to Verenkotte, there should also be more and better paid IT professionals in civil service.

“I’m a supporter of a digital ministry, clearly,” Verenkotte told the newspapers of the Funke media group. “But only if there is a change in responsibilities.” A digital ministry must not only be a shell, but also needs “powers, decision-making powers”. Otherwise you could leave it, Verenkotte continues.

In the federal government, the departmental principle of “each ministry for itself” applies, but this is an obstacle to the success of digitization.

“I firmly believe that digitization at the federal level will only progress if the departmental principle is broken,” said the President of the Federal Office of Administration.

Verenkotte also demanded more money for the digitization of the authorities and spoke out in favor of paying IT civil servants better. The staff shortage is very large. “We need a separate career, as we have for judges,” said Verenkotte.

Digital Ministry

There have been repeated calls for an independent digital ministry – most recently in the context of the debate initiated by CSU chief Markus Söder about a possible cabinet reshuffle.
So far there is no ministry of its own, but the office of Minister of State for Digitization in the Chancellery, which is occupied by the CSU politician Dorothee Bär. A digital ministry also described this as sensible in January.

mka / gs / dpa


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