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Involvement of the IAB with the Federal Employment Agency

In the early years after it had been set up, the IAB constituted an independent unit within the Federal Employment Service (Bundesanstalt für Arbeit, BA) and was directly subordinated to the respective president. However as, in the 70s, there was a wish on the part of the Institute Directorate of the time to be more closely integrated into the decision-making and information processes of the Federal Employment Service, the IAB then became a department of the Headquarters of the BA and its Institute's Director a member of its uppermost governing body.

It was the "Third Act towards modern services on the labour market" (Dritte Gesetz für moderne Dienstleistungen am Arbeitsmarkt) which put the far-reaching reform of the Federal Employment Service on its way. In the course of the restructuring of the Federal Employment Service – Bundesanstalt für Arbeit – into the Federal Employment Agency – die Bundesagentur für Arbeit – the IAB became a so-called "special office" of the Federal Employment Agency in 2004. With this institutionalization as a special office, a clear organizational division had been enacted between IAB and the Headquarters of the Federal Employment Agency. At the same time IAB was firmly anchored within the Executive Board of the Federal Agency. This organizational structure underlines the significance of IAB as the central institution for scientifically-based policy advice on labour market issues.

On a day-to-day basis, this intermeshing with the Federal Employment Agency (BA) is filled with life in a great many ways. On the one hand, IAB offers advisory activities on a multitude of topics; on the other, IAB staff are significantly involved in the short-term project groups of the BA on a variety of different issues. Examples are the compilation of controlling indicators, the conception of alternative forms of employment, or the analysis of movements on the regional labour markets. Finally there is also institutionalized, permanent cooperation at various different levels. This includes being involved in the preparation of the monthly BA press conference as well as the fixed capacity of the Regional Research Network (50 per cent) in advising the Regional Directorates.

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