Kay Scheller - Präsident des Bundesrechnungshofes

President Kay Scheller

Curriculum vitae

German SAI’s latest statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

German SAI’s latest statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

Government, society and citizens have made huge efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. As a result of our joint efforts, risks to life, health, and the economic and social well-being have been reduced. However, risks have not been fully removed. The first and foremost goal is to take all the necessary steps to protect oneself and others against the coronavirus. The German SAI has also committed to this goal.

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Advisory Report

DB Netz AG neglects maintenance of the Fehmarn Sound Bridge

DB Netz AG does not enough to clear the maintenance backlog of the Fehmarn Sound Bridge which has been known for years. Instead of the improvements promised, the condition of the Bridge has deteriorated ever since. The planned electrification may place an additional burden on the Bridge.

Opaque and improper funding

Advisory Report

Opaque and improper funding

The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres uses public funding to support the Little Scientists’ House Foundation. Such support was opaque and improper, impermissible in grant law and crowded out private-sector initiatives.

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Digital transformation, taxes, grant programmes, Federal Armed Forces, home ownership-related child benefit, child-support advance and public buildings

This 2019 supplementary report sets out 15 audit findings that highlight cases where government departments have not taken up our recommendations for improvement.

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Climate change, taxes, defence, public buildings, IT, railways

“Our annual report provides a cornerstone for the granting of discharge by Federal Parliament and the Federal Council of Constituent States to the Federal Government”, Kay Scheller, President of the Bundesrechnungshof stated when presenting the 2019 annual report. “What budget funds have been used in violation of applicable regulations or inefficiently? What funds due has the government failed to collect? These are the cases under scrutiny.”

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Limit federal funding to impacts of COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has further worsened the tight financial situation of Deutsche Bahn and its massive structural problems. The universal service mandate of Deutsche Bahn does not authorise the Group to use post coronavirus recovery grants for non-railway and global business activities. Nor does the mandate provide for using these grants to cushion misguided developments and losses the Deutsche Bahn has caused prior to the pandemic.

 

2019 report - Asse II mine project

Major cost risks for Asse II mine project

Federal Ministry for the Environment inefficiently steers radioactive waste retrieval in the scope of Asse II mine project.

Federal budget: Detailed scrutiny of departmental budgets

Advisory reports

Federal budget: Detailed scrutiny of departmental budgets

The reports we furnish the parliamentary Budget Committee to inform the 2020 budget deliberations provide an overview of major spending items, structures and potential risks in the departmental budgets.

2019 Special purpose report – findings on trends in federal public finance – Times of budget consolidation at no cost drawing to a close

Special Report

Trends in federal public finance

Public finance challenges and their impact on the federal budget have increased. A balanced budget without new debt when the federal government could count on surging tax revenues and ultra-cheap debt will soon belong to the past.

Reduction of the solidarity surcharge

Opinion issued by the Federal Performance Commissioner

Reduction of the solidarity surcharge

In this opinion, the Federal Performance Commissioner focuses on the plans of the government coalition to remove the solidarity surcharge in part. The Federal Performance Commissioner recommends abolishing the solidarity surcharge promptly and fully for constitutional and budgetary reasons.

Objectives of railway reform not achieved

Special report

Objectives of railway reform not achieved

The federal government and the Deutsche Bahn AG (German railways) failed to achieve the key objectives of the railway reform. In particular, they did not manage to shift traffic from other modes of transport to the railway or to alleviate the strain on the federal budget. “The federal government needs to live up to its constitutional mandate. The federal government is the owner of Deutsche Bahn and needs to clearly define the strategic direction and the way Deutsche Bahn operates”, said Kay Scheller, President of the German SAI.

Major shortcomings in rail infrastructure maintenance

Special report

Major shortcomings in rail infrastructure maintenance

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is negotiating with the German railways “Deutsche Bahn AG” on a future agreement for rail infrastructure maintenance. “The Federal Ministry of Transport should initiate action today and not wait for the year 2025 to address the system’s shortcomings," said Kay Scheller, President of the German SAI.

Coordination and steering to implement energy transition by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Special Report

Coordination and steering to implement energy transition by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

“The intergenerational project of energy transition run by the Federal Government is at risk of failure. Our audit evidence suggests that implementation is largely falling short of the targets set”, concluded Kay Scheller, President of the German SAI when he issued a report to Federal Parliament on how the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has implemented energy transition.

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