The Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit - BA) is the labour market's biggest service provider. As a public body with self-governance it acts independently within the framework of applicable law.
The BA is composed of
- the head office in Nuremberg
- 10 Regional Directorates (Regionaldirektionen)
- 176 Employment Agencies and
- approximately 610 branch offices
Additionally, there are special agencies:
- Institute for Employment Research (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung - IAB) in Nuremberg
- International Placement Service (Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung - ZAV) in Bonn
- Staff College of the Federal Employment Agency (Führungsakademie der Bundesagentur für Arbeit - FBA)
- University of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) - University of Labour Market Management
- IT System House (IT-Systemhaus) - Information Technology of the BA
- BA Service House (BA-ServiceHaus) - Service Provider of the BA
- Family Benefits Office (Familienkasse)
The BA is headed by the Executive Board. It consists of the chairman of the Executive Board, Frank-J. Weise, and the members of the Executive Board, Heinrich Alt and Raimund Becker. The Executive Board manages the BA and administrates its businesses. It represents the BA in and out of court.
At an intermediate level, the BA's Regional Directorates are responsible for the success of regional labour market policies. To coordinate their duties with labour market, structural and economic policies of the Länder, they work closely with the Länder governments. The Regional Directorates are headed by an Executive Board. It consists of the chairwoman or chairman and two members for the divisions operative and internal service. The Regional Directorates control the Employment Agencies.
At a local level, the Employment Agencies are responsible for the implementation of the duties of the BA. Like the Regional Directorates they are controlled by an Executive Board consisting of the chairwoman or chairman and two other members.
Institutions of self-government of the BA are the board of governors and the administration committees at the Employment Agencies. They supervise the work of the Executive Board respectively the management of the local Employment Agencies and advise them on questions concerning the labour market.