Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

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Structure and organization

Like every other federal ministry, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is made up of directorates-general, directorates and divisions.

It is led by the minister, followed by the parliamentary state secretaries and the secretaries with civil servant status. The organizational units within the ministry are the directorates-general, directorates and divisions.

The directorates-general and their tasks

Each directorate-general has several divisions working on different aspects of the same general area.

Political Staff

The ministry’s Political Staff includes the Minister’s Office, the Press and Online Communications Division, and the Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs Division. The Political Staff fulfils horizontal tasks to assist in the minister’s day-to-day work. It therefore reports directly to the minister.

Directorate-General Z – Central Tasks

The Directorate-General for Central Tasks has typical horizontal tasks including budgetary matters, human resources, legal services and organization of the ministry and its remit. The divisions for information and communications technology, internal services, and security and building services maintain the infrastructure necessary for the operation of the ministry.

Directorate EU – Coordination of EU Issues and EU Council Presidency

Directorate EU is responsible for developing, shaping and coordinating the interior ministry’s European policy. To carry out this task, it must work closely with the other directorates-general and other federal ministries to further German interests in the EU and in bilateral relations. Directorate EU is preparing Germany’s EU Presidency in the second half of 2020 and will assist the directorates-general during this time.

Directorate-General ÖS – Public Security

The Directorate-General for Public Security addresses legal and general policy issues, counter-terrorism, extremism and organized crime. Its tasks include supervising the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, developing strategies to combat crime and to prevent and combat extremism and terrorism, and drafting legislation.

Directorate-General B – Federal Police Issues

The Directorate-General for Federal Police Issues is responsible for managing and coordinating the Federal Police. It deals with general operational, administrative, budgetary and human resources issues concerning the over 40,000 Federal Police staff. At the same time, it advises the minister on Federal Police affairs, serving as an interface between policy and administrative matters.

Directorate-General M – Migration; Refugees; Return Policy

The Directorate-General for Migration, Refugees and Return Policy sets the Federal Government’s migration policy.

It charts the course of law on residence, freedom of movement and asylum at national and European level and deals with issues related to the return of foreigners required to leave the country.

Directorate-General KM – Crisis Management and Civil Protection

The Directorate-General for Crisis Management and Civil Protection is responsible for coping with national emergencies (e.g. floods). It supervises the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) and the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) in the fields of civil defence and civil protection. It is also responsible for law on explosives and weapons and the National Firearms Register. The ministry’s Communications, Command and Control Centre with its 24/7 information service is also part of Directorate-General KM.

Directorate-General V – Public Law; Constitutional Law; Administrative Law

Tasks of Directorate-General V include, in particular, drafting or co-drafting legislation in the fields of constitutional, public and administrative law. In addition, it reviews all draft legislation submitted by the Federal Government or by individual federal ministries for compliance with the Basic Law and conformity with administrative rules and procedures.

Directorate-General D – Public Service

The Directorate-General for the Public Service is instrumental in creating the legal basis for the terms of service and employment for public service staff. Its areas of work include the legal status, remuneration, pensions and government aid covering medical treatment and care of civil servants, and the law on collective bargaining for public employees who are not civil servants.

Directorate-General DG – Digital Society; Digitization in Public Administration and Information Technology

The Directorate-General for Digital Society deals with the socio-political questions of the digital revolution. It drives the digital transformation and modernization of public administration so that it can meet current requirements for performance, responsiveness, efficiency and transparency. The Federal Academy of Public Administration is also part of Directorate-General DG.

BAköV – Federal Academy of Public Administration

The Federal Academy of Public Administration offers targeted advanced training courses tailored to staff needs so that federal employees can maintain and expand their professional knowledge and skills. It promotes sharing ideas and experience among the various branches of the federal administration and accompanies policy initiatives with suitable advanced training measures.

Directorate-General CI – Cyber and Information Security

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The Directorate-General for Cyber and Information Security develops policies, monitors technological developments and proposes legislation to ensure cyber and information security for citizens, businesses and government. It develops measures to improve public authorities’ ability to act in the digital space, also drawing on input from the executive agencies under its supervision: the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS), the Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector (ZITiS), and parts of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). The directorate-general also contributes to more secure government systems in two key areas: network infrastructures and cyber security of Federal Government ICT systems.

Directorate-General H – Community

The Directorate-General for Community is responsible for shaping the Federal Government’s Heimat policy. On the basis of a modern, forward-looking understanding of the term Heimat, the directorate-general seeks to strengthen social cohesion and create equivalent living conditions in urban and rural areas across Germany. It addresses all issues related to community-building, from integration to civic engagement; coordinates the Commission on Equivalent Living Conditions which deals with topics such as the provision of vital services, mobility and demographic change; and is responsible for regional planning, regional policy and spatial planning.

Directorate-General SP – Sport

Directorate-General SP is responsible for sports policy, in particular for promoting high-performance sport. It addresses general policy and legal issues of national sports policy; EU and international sports issues; the promotion of high-performance sport, including for persons with disabilities; the fight against doping; and support for the construction of facilities for high-performance sport.

Directorate-General G – Policy and Planning

Directorate-General G is responsible for policy planning and strategic communication in all areas of domestic policy. It analyses and assesses other ministries’ policy initiatives to identify overlaps with interior policy aspects; international developments, including civil crisis prevention; and political systems. In addition to supervising the Federal Agency for Civic Education (BpB), it strengthens and promotes civic education, social cohesion and the prevention of extremism in Germany. The Public Enquiry Service is there to answer questions from citizens.

Directorate-General SW – Urban Development, Housing, Public Building Law*

Directorate-General SW has two strands: urban development and housing. In the field of urban development, it addresses instruments and strategies for shaping and developing cities and towns in a sustainable way. Its work focuses on urban development assistance through federal funding and urban development law. The key area of activity in the housing strand is affordable housing. This includes in particular encouraging housing construction, including social housing; promoting home ownership; addressing legal aspects; and further developing housing benefits.

* The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the Federal Ministry for the Environment are currently negotiating an agreement specifying the tasks to be transferred to the interior ministry.

Directorate-General BW – Building, Construction Industry and Federal Buildings*

The building trades have a long tradition in Germany and a promising future. Directorate-General BW addresses economic, legal and technical aspects of the building and construction sector at national and European level. It has lead responsibility for organizing the federal building administration and managing federal civilian buildings in Germany and abroad.

* The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the Federal Ministry for the Environment are currently negotiating an agreement specifying the tasks to be transferred to the interior ministry.

Elected representation

Staff Council

The staff council at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community represents the interests of the staff of the ministry and the Federal Academy of Public Administration. The staff council members are elected by the staff for four-year terms. The staff council’s duties and powers are laid down in the Federal Personnel Representation Act (Bundespersonalvertretungsgesetz, BPersVG).

Representation for the Concerns of Persons with a Disability

This body represents the interests of severely disabled persons and other disabled persons having equal status and promotes the integration of severely disabled staff into employment. The representative is not a member of the staff council but an independent institution.

Gender Equality Officer

The Gender Equality Officer advises the ministry on reaching the ministry’s equality goals and monitors its progress in accordance with the Federal Act on Gender Equality (Bundesgleichstellungsgesetz, BGleiG). She is involved in all measures taken by the administration which affect the equal treatment of women and men, in particular the balance between work and family life. She advises and supports women in their career advancement.

In accordance with Section 6 of the Act on the Appointment and Secondment of Women and Men to Bodies within the Remit of the Federation (Bundesgremienbesetzungsgesetz, BGremBG), an overview of supervisory and other essential bodies of the ministry and of the number of members to be appointed to these bodies by federal authorities is published on this website.

Representation for Young Staff Members and Trainees

This body represents the interests of trainees and young staff members under the age of 25. It monitors whether the obligations of the public employer and the trainees and young staff members are fulfilled and their rights upheld.

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