The German Federal Cabinet created the office of Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology on December 5, 2007. The Commissioner is the central point of contact for the states (Länder) and the private sector when working with the Federal Government on IT matters.
The most important task of the Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology is to expand inter ministerial IT coordination into inter ministerial IT management. The Commissioner is pursuing this goal in conjunction with the IT management bodies: the CIO Council, made up of the chief information officers from each federal ministry, and the Federal IT Management Group. The Commissioner chairs both of these bodies and works in close cooperation with them.
The Commissioner is responsible for strategic issues regarding IT use in the federal administration and must be involved in all proposed legislation and other government projects significantly affecting IT in the public administration.
The Commissioner's key tasks are: