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Top advisor to the Federal Government: IBM cashes 115.2 million in the first half of the year

In the first half of the year, IBM was the number one consultant to the German government. The contracts with the German subsidiary of the US Group for advisory and support services amounted to an order volume of € 115.2 million from January to June. This is followed by the medium-sized IT consultancy Conet from the North Rhine-Westphalian Hennef with 79.5 million euros and the auditors of PricewaterhouseCoopers with 55.9 million euros.

This emerges from a response by the Federal Ministry of Finance to a request from the Left MP Matthias Höhn. Parliamentary State Secretary Bettina Hagedorn points out, however, that there is no uniform definition of advice and support services in the ministries and that "uncertainties or blurring" could therefore arise.

According to a previous response from the Ministry of Finance, the 14 federal ministries and their subordinate agencies spent a total of 333 million euros on external consultants in the first half of the year. Nearly half of this totaled $ 155 million in the Department of Defense, whose advisory service is currently under scrutiny by a parliamentary committee of inquiry. Two companies surveyed by the panel were among the top ten government advisers in the first half of the year: McKinsey subsidiary Orphoz, which specializes in digital transformation, came in sixth with € 31 million and the Irish consulting firm Accenture came in with 18.7 Million euros in tenth place.

Höhn said that the continuation of the cooperation with these companies will leave a "bitter taste" to say the least. He could advise the federal government only to more transparency. "It has to explain to citizens how millions of taxpayers end up in the accounts of these outside consultants."


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