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Enhancing the Integrity of Public Sector (Coordinating National Anti-Corruption Initiatives)

The ACRC formulates national anti-corruption policies to be implemented at every level of the government. And, it discusses and coordinates government-wide measures designed to prevent corruption in the long term.

Anti-Corruption policy guidelines

The ACRC establishes and promotes anti-corruption policy guidelines early every year. The objective of the guidelines is to encourage public institutions to voluntarily work hard for anti-corruption by providing necessary information for the implementation of integrity initiatives and to ensure that government-wide anti-corruption activities are smoothly implemented by sharing the government’s anti-corruption policy direction.

2019 Policy guidelines

On February 13, at the Government Complex-Sejong, the ACRC convened the 2019 Anti-Corruption and Integrity Policy Guideline Meeting with audit and inspection officers from 100 central and local governments in attendance.

Korea rose 6 notches compared to the previous year in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2018 global ranking and its score increased by 3 points to hit an all-time high of 57 points. In the integrity assessment for 2018 conducted by the ACRC, Korean public agencies scored 8.12 points, up 0.18 points from 7.94 points of last year. Under these circumstances, the ACRC has drawn up ‘the 2019 Anti-Corruption and Integrity Policy Implementation Directive’ which includes systematic anti-corruption strategies and specific measures aimed at addressing the root of the corruption problems. The key points of the guidelines are as follows:

Clear up Corrupt Practices

The ACRC plans to eradicate deeply-seated evils in people’s daily lives such as hiring irregularities, etc. that have caused people to have feelings of loss and deprivation under the name of ‘custom.’

Through a ‘council to tackle deep-rooted evils in people’s daily lives’ launched in Dec. 2018, the ACRC will endeavor to stamp out unfair custom and irregularities in people’s day-to-day lives in a way that lives up to people’s expectations. It will also impose severe punishment on those implicated in hiring irregularities and the illegally hired and provide remedial measures for the victims by undertaking total inspections of public agencies on a regular basis to detect such irregularities, while preparing follow-up measures to get rid of job-related corruption.

Check Anti-Corruption Laws and Regulations

The ACRC will strengthen the normative power of the Improper Solicitations and Graft Act and facilitate sound landing of the standard of behaviors under the revised Code of Conduct for Public Officials in the public sector.

Any shortcomings in the current anti-corruption systems will be continuously remedied through fact-finding investigations into areas vulnerable to improper solicitations, such as the act of coercing by public institutions to receive sponsorship, etc. Government support will be provided for the newly reinforced behavioral criteria for public officials, including those aimed at preventing conflicts of interest, public officials’ improper solicitations to private companies and wrongful assistance in overseas business trips, to be settled down in the public sector. In addition, institutional improvements in corruption-prone areas will continue to be made, and corruption-causing factors in laws and regulations, etc. will be discovered and improved in an active manner.

Protection for Corruption & Public Interest Reporters

The ACRC will overhaul the protection system for corruption and public interest reporters in a way that meets people’s expectations and beef up its publicity activities.

Laws and regulations on the protection of corruption and public interest reporters will be revised in order to prevent the disclosure of personal information concerning the reporters due to tracking down or gross negligence, and the bigger amount of monetary rewards than the current 5% ~ 20% of the amount of revenues recovered to public institutions will be paid to reporters so as to strengthen practical and economic support for them. Moreover, the system for handling ‘civil complaints filed to report for the public interest’ will be improved to protect reporters, and education of officials in charge of processing civil complaints, etc. about the reporter protection system will be further strengthened.

Collaborate with the People

The ACRC will strive to spread a culture of anti-corruption and integrity across the nation in collaboration with the people.

The current anti-corruption agenda and pending corruption issues will be publicized via ‘the Public-Private Consultative Council for Transparent Society’ from the people’s point of view, and the anti-corruption policy outcomes will be reviewed at eye level with the people. Furthermore, people will have more expanded opportunities to participate directly in the process of resolving corruption problems via ‘People’s Idea Box’, and the Integrity Contents Contest where the people and public servants can take part will be held to proliferate a culture of integrity.