The anti-discrimination law established the Federal Anti-discrimination Agency (Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes) from the moment it entered into force in August 2006, although the body only started to operate in 2007. Its mandate covers all the grounds listed in the law, notwithstanding the powers of specialised governmental agencies dealing with related subject matters. The body is organisationally associated with the Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. The head of the agency is appointed by the Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, following a proposal by the government, which happened for the first time in spring 2007. In 2009 a new head was appointed. The head is independent and only subject to the law. The tenure of the head of the agency is the same as the legislative period of the Bundestag.