(1)What are the matters the Civil Service Ethics Office deals with?
1.The Matter of Investigation of Corruption Cases and Illegal Acts
“Elimination of corruption” is a necessary cure dealing with the surface of the problem to encourage good governance and prevent misconducts. The officials of the Civil Service Ethics Office, together with citizens, investigate corruption cases and illegal acts within official organs. We are like the frontline soldiers in the anti-corruption war, working together to eliminate corruption. Together with the prosecution and investigative authorities, we form a powerful triangle task force in accordance with the “awarding and punishing of civil servants policy” to combat criminal and administrative corruption, in an attempt to bring about effective deterrence to establish an integrated and clean political environment and to enhance national competitiveness.
2.The Matter of Prevention of Corruption and Malfeasance
“Prevention of corruption” is an active measure to rectify and clean the basis of the political environment. Its function is just like that of the immune system in a human body. In other words, it aims at preventing an invasion of viruses. The officials of the Civil Service Ethics Office are supposed to understand the institutional problems from inside. We should make proposals to adjust acts and regulations which are out of date. Moreover, we should promote openness and transparency of administrative procedures to enhance the efficiency of executives. Apart from preventing misconduct, we should also offer our assistance to set up adequate regulations on matters of political lobbying, gift acceptances, banquet offers and social commitments, etc., as well as on official activities which might easily lead to the violation of rules.
3.The Matter of Protection of Confidential Information Related to Public Affairs
The officials of the Civil Service Ethics Office are to handle the cases in which rules concerning confidential information, including the prevention of its disclosure, are violated.
4.The Matter of Prevention of Damages or Detriments to the Government
The officials of the Civil Service Ethics Office are to promote the policies which help to prevent the government from damages or detriments in order to keep it functional.
5.The Matter to Implement the Property Declaration of Civil Servants
The officials of the Civil Service Ethics Office are to handle the matter of property-declaration of civil servants. Assisted by the citizens, we supervise and randomly inspect and investigate civil servants' property declarations. Like the sunshine principles, the property declaration policy is to prevent corruption.
(2)What is "Anti-Corruption in Administrative Authorities?"
The task of the “Anti-Corruption in Administrative Authorities” is to enhance the efficiency of the “Anti-Corruption in Judicial Authorities” regulation. In terms of the procedures of investigating, sentencing of corruption cases, the “Anti-Corruption in Judicial Authorities” provisions have more limits with respect to working time and the fact of time-consumption. The executive authorities compared with the judicial authorities, have simpler procedures to carry out warnings or punishments. Corrupt administrative officials with administrative responsibilities should face consequences earlier, which should deter severe crimes of corruption. To rectify government employees' ethics, to build good governance and to handle corruption and malfeasance cases of civil servants who misconduct in office though they did not constitute corruption crimes, the administration shall determine responsibilities and impose punishments on those who have to take the blame. Civil servants should be encouraged to know the laws, abide by laws and prevent corruption and malfeasance. The nature of the "Anti-Corruption" regulation shall be counted as a case of "Prevention of Corruption." The "Responsibilities of Executives" of civil servants are defined in the "Punishments and Warnings Responsibilities" and "Punishment Responsibilities." The former means that civil servants, who violate laws, abandon their duties or have other malpractices according to the procedure of Punishment Regulations of Civil Servants, should be punished or warned. The latter means that directors of institutions are to take responsibility for the misconducts of their officials when they are on duty, which is subject to the Award and Punishment Regulations for the Public Servants and other related acts; they should take the blame, warning or punishments for not being able to supervise or to direct their staffs well.
(3)How shall I report corruption cases and illegal acts to you?
You may contact us via one of the methods below:
Mail Box: P.O. Box 7-77, Fengshan, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan.
In reporting corruption cases and illegal acts to us, please use your real name and address for correspondence. The information you provide will be lawfully taken as confidential, which will not be disclosed.