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The head of the Federal Chancellery, or ChefBK for short, heads the Federal Chancellery, the central coordination point for government policy.

The head of the Federal Chancellery is in constant contact with the ministries through the company's specialist departments. He is informed about their work and coordinates the cooperation.

If departments have different views on a project, it helps to find a compromise. Its tasks also include planning political projects for the federal government over the long term.

The ChefBK is an important link between government and parliament, countries, social groups, individuals and representatives of foreign countries.

Meetings of the Federal Cabinet

Unless the Federal Chancellor decides herself, the Chief BC sets the dates of the Federal Cabinet's meetings and the respective agenda. He arranges for the invitation to the meetings.

He leads the rounds of the permanent state secretaries of all federal ministries, which regularly take place two days before the cabinet meeting.

The ChefBK takes part in the cabinet meeting. As Federal Minister he has the right to vote.

According to the rules of procedure of the federal government, the cabinet members can give their consent in a written circulation procedure if verbal advice is not required. The ChefBK is responsible for this. He informs the federal government of the result.


Cabinet Committees

Cabinet committees are formed within the federal government in order to solve complex cross-departmental problems. The committees are designed to be permanent. The Chancellor chairs the cabinet committees.

The meetings of the committees are prepared by inter-ministerial meetings in which the permanent committee members and the chief BC take part.

The templates of the meetings are forwarded to the ChiefBK at least one week in advance. He takes part in the meetings of the cabinet committees.


Bund-Länder meetings

The heads of government from the federal and state levels meet twice a year to discuss issues relating to the relationship between the federal and state levels. The meetings facilitate coordination and clarification processes.

The meetings are prepared in advance by meetings of the heads of the state and senate chancelleries under the chairmanship of the ChefBK.


Cooperation with the Bundestag

Working together in a coalition government requires constant discussions at all levels. Sometimes no solution is found for a fundamental problem at the expert level within the coalition. Then there are talks chaired by the Chancellor, in which party and parliamentary group leaders, the Chief BC and - if necessary - individual heads of department are involved.


Intelligence services

The Federal Chancellery is responsible for matters relating to the Federal Intelligence Service (BND). The BND is subordinate to the ChiefBK. His representative is State Secretary Johannes Geismann. This also performs the task of the Federal Government Commissioner for the Intelligence Services.

In this function, State Secretary Geismann coordinates and intensifies the cooperation between the three federal intelligence services and their cross-departmental cooperation with other authorities and agencies.

The intelligence services are assigned to different departments. The Federal Intelligence Service is assigned to the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution to the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Military Counter-Intelligence Service to the Federal Ministry of Defense.

The commissioner for the intelligence services participates in the parliamentary handling of the budgetary affairs of the three services. He supports the coordination and preparation of meetings of the parliamentary control body. He chairs the State Secretaries' Committee on Secret Intelligence and Security.


Sustainability committee

The Minister of the Chancellery also heads the State Secretaries' Committee for Sustainable Development. One of the tasks of this committee is to implement the national sustainability strategy, to further develop its content and to regularly review the status of implementation.

The committee is also the point of contact for the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development, for the federal states and the municipal umbrella organizations, and for the Council for Sustainable Development. The committee works with these bodies on current sustainability issues. All departments are represented in this body.