Federal Employment Agency: BA Board of Directors dismisses board member Valerie Holsboer

The first woman on the board of the Federal Employment Agency has been dismissed from her post. Reason is a rift of the lawyer with the employer representatives.


The Board of the Federal Employment Agency has recalled Valerie Holsboer from her post. As the panel said, the representatives of employers and unions voted for the dismissal of the 42-year-old lawyer. The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Annelie Buntenbach, justified the dismissal of the head of finance and human resources with the fact that because of the "broken confidence" of the employers' side "no viable basis for the further work of the Board more" was. The workers' representatives regretted that "no consensual solution could be found".

According to insiders, parts of the board were dissatisfied with Holsboers work. She had not put in the required pace of personnel restructuring of the Federal Agency the required pace. Supporters Holsboers doubt this. Background of her dismissal were reservations of some to the "fresh wind", which they brought to the Federal Agency, it said.

Holsboer had taken over the post just over two years ago, nominated by the employer representatives. Before she moved into the board, Holsboer sat for many years for the employers on the board.

The looming dismissal sparked a debate over whether the dissatisfaction with Holsboer's work had anything to do with being the first and only woman on the Bureau of the Employment Agency. For their dismissal to take effect, the federal government still has to confirm. In the three-member board under BA boss Detlef Scheele Holsboer was responsible for 100,000 employees of the authority and a budget of about 35 billion euros.

Due to the decline in unemployment and increasing employment for years, the authority has posted billions in surpluses. This year, the contribution to unemployment insurance was reduced by 0.5 percentage points to 2.5 percent.

ref: zeit