Digital-ready legislation as a prerequisite for digital government
The German legislative process has gone largely unchanged for decades, resulting in legal and practical issues in digital implementation. Many laws cannot take effect fully. The situation often brings disproportionate cost and effort for the government, the private sector, and society at large.
Nowadays, constituents expect the government to provide streamlined digital processes. At the same time, there is a lack of contemporary tools to develop customized and effective laws for this increasingly digital society. This is where Digitalcheck, under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI), comes in. It aims to create added value for constituents, organizations, and government through digital-ready regulations. Based on overarching principles, Digitalcheck uses additional methods and support options to help with development of laws that are legally clear, valid, and practicable. Further development activities focus on visualization and aids for policy drafters.
- Further development together with inter-ministerial task force and the National Regulatory Control Council (NKR) – based on feedback from users
- Focus on early drafting process for new legislation
- Visualization as a key method of thinking through the practical implementation of regulations and facilitating dialogue with others
- Support for policy drafters in the form of confidential support options and assistance with individual legislative projects
Facts and figures
Three months until the go-live date for the minimum viable product (MVP) in January 2023
Iterative further development encompassing three iterations to date, most recently version 1.2 in June 2023
Steady increase in usage rate, now over 80% for new legislation
Quote from a unit head at an enforcement agency
Laws can only be implemented digitally if they are conceived digitally from the start.