ACRC Korea Transparency Newsletter (Spring 2018)

ACRC Korea Transparency Newsletter (Spring 2018)

ACRC Korea Transparency Newsletter
May 2018  

The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) was launched on February 29, 2008 through the integration of the Korea Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Ombudsman of Korea, and the Administrative Appeals Commission. With the consolidation of these three organizations, the ACRC now provides citizens with one-stop service dealing with citizen complaints, administrative appeals, and corruption reports in a faster and more convenient way.

We would like to inform you about our recent anti-corruption activities and latest news on what the Korean government is doing to improve the nation's transparency on this newsletter.
  ACRC reported work plan for the year 2018 on January 25
The ACRC will carry out the policies to realize the slogan of "more transparent society, more trusted government, and happier people" in the year 2018.

ACRC hosted the 6th "Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Day" ceremony
12 groups and 99 persons, including whistle-blower who reported a suspicion over concealment of automobile defect, received awards for their contribution to enhancing the people's rights or spreading of a culture of integrity.

Picture of "6th Anti-corruption & Civil Rights Day

Public officials was prohibited from making improper solicitation towards private citizens
The ACRC amended Code of Conduct for Public Officials which includes provisions of conflicts of interest prevention and prohibition of improper solicitation to private citizens.

A amendment to the enforcement decree of the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act approved at a Cabinet meeting
The ACRC adjusted the upper limits on congratulatory or condolence money and gifts so that the act takes root in the daily lives of ordinary citizens as well as in the public office.

The public themselves built an anti-corruption roadmap
The ACRC gathered diverse public opinions through the People's Idea Box on e-people and reflected these public opinions into establishment of the Comprehensive Five-Year Anti-Corruption Plan.

Korea's Corruption Risk Assessment to be introduced in Myanmar
The ACRC and UNDP discussed way to introduce " Corruption Risk Assessment" with high-ranking government officials of Myanmar through an webinar.

Discussing way to introduce 'Corruption Rist Assessment'

ACRC held a meeting to convey the 2018 anti-corruption policy enforcement guideline
The ACRC plans to carry out anti-corruption policies based on its '4 Free Anti-Corruption Policy Agenda' to realize transparent Korea.

Announcement of the result of 2017 Anti-Corruption Initiative Assessment
The Anti-Corruption Initiative Assessment conducted for 256 public sector organizations indicated a close correlation with the results of the Integrity Assessment.

ACRC clarified its position on the release of CPI 2017 by the Transparency International
The ACRC is fully committed to improving integrity awareness and spreading anti-corruption culture so that Korea’s national integrity level can be remarkably enhanced.
  Moon Jae-in administration announced “Comprehensive Action Plan for Governmental Innovation”
The Korean government push forward with governmental innovation that helps raise the quality of people's lives, going beyond internal administrative reform.

Public officials who offer "passive administration service" will be subject to investigation & audit
The ACRC analyzed the causes of civil complaints from businesses and established a standardized model for their resolution for the past three months.

An anti-corruption expert said, "Korea is a leader in the global anti-corruption movement"
The Korea is now making advances in the promoting the rule of law through the impeachment of President, the conviction of Samsung leader, passage of the important Kim Young Ran law.

Korea launched Private-Public Consultative Council for Transparent Society
The council discussed the basic plan for creation of transparent society and the Comprehensive Five-Year Anti-Corruption Plan for the implementation of the anti-corruption reform.

Private-Public Consultative Council for Tarnsparent Society

All-time large reward of maximum KRW 2.67 Billion has been paid to an whistle-blower
The ACRC paid financial rewards worth KRW 5.05 billion to 56 reporting persons whose reports contributed to the recovery of improper benefits.

Prosecutors and police took initiative for recovery of proceeds of crime and corruption
The prosecution and police newly established teams dedicated to tracking of money laundering and concealed criminal proceeds.

ACRC announced the result of analysis on 1,228 cases of reporting from the medical field
KRW 38.3 billion worth medical care benefits have been restituted to the national finance, as a result of reporting corruption and public interest.

ACRC's first overseas export of e-People platform to Tunisia
A ceremony for e-People system opening was hosted on March 23 in Tunisia, with attendance of the Vice-Chairperson of the ACRC and Tunisian high ranking public officials.

A ceremony for e-People system opening

Regular public disclosure of changes in high-ranking public officials' property for 2018
The average amount of reported property of 1,711 public officials who have the duty of disclosure under the authority of the Government Ethics Committee was found out to be KRW 1,347 million.
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