Dr. Jürgen Schade, the President of the German Patent Office was grilled by the German Parliament budget review committee. The German Patent Office overspent more than one million Euro due to unfortunate software renting conditions. Schade admitted misconduct which "could not be assigned to a single person". He also did not draw any personal consequences. The German liberal party spoke of "organized irresponsibility".
I wonder if the larger context is political. There seem to be growing tensions between the DPMA or other national patent offices and the EPO. Last year the WIPO presidency was disengaged over budgetary matters.