Dr. Markus Richter is the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology since May 2020. Dr. Richter previously worked as Vice-President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees and Head of IT units at the Federal Office of Administration. He holds a doctorate in law from the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster.
Within the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is also responsible for the public administration, from the federal public service and legislation on administrative procedures to open administration and open government. The Federal Ministry of the Interior is also supposed to drive an ongoing process of modernization in the public administration.
The Federal Minister of the Interior and the Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology are active in various bodies and numerous projects to develop e-government, and they represent federal interests in the political sphere. The IT Planning Council is the main body for managing federal and state IT. The chair alternates between the Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology and representatives of each of the 16 German states. The IT Planning Council adopted the National E-Government Strategy and is working to implement it.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior is responsible for the strategic orientation and development of e-government in Germany. E-government helps reduce bureaucracy and modernize the public administration, making Germany a more attractive place to do business.
The principal aim of this strategy and the E-Government Act is to provide more administrative services that are independent of time and location. The E-Government Act is intended to facilitate electronic communication with public administration. Moreover, it enables federal, state and local authorities to offer more simplified, user-friendly and efficient electronic administrative services.