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Successful finalization of the automated data retrieval project

(Karlsruhe, ) The Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, thanks the participants in the project Automated Data Retrieval: Basic Pension. In doing so, he places particular emphasis on the commitment of those involved, as well as the successful implementation of the project. Among others, a team of employees from the IT consulting and software company virtual7 GmbH was involved in the project.

With the introduction of the basic pension on January 1, 2021, the need for automatic verification of the existing pension, as well as the verification of new incoming pension applications, became increasingly clear. The programming effort on the part of the German Pension Insurance as well as the responsible tax authorities, formed one of the challenges. In addition to automation, it was possible to create a citizen-friendly option that enables data exchange between pension insurance and tax authorities.

Since December 2019, a team from virtual7 GmbH has been involved in the development and support of an interface between pension insurance providers and the tax authorities. The project, which is considered ambitious, broke new ground.

At the beginning, a variety of questions had to be clarified in connection with the new data retrieval procedures to be developed. In addition to the communication challenges that had to be overcome, the main focus was on the organizational and technical effort required across departmental boundaries. Heil emphasizes the commitment and expertise involved and highlights these two factors as exemplary. He also rates the realization of the project as a success across departmental boundaries. The newly created data channels can be used similarly for the disbursement of Corona aid by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. They represent a sustainable contribution to the digitalization of Germany.

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