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Cabinet to consider reducing agency size by one-third

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Cabinet has set the goal of streamlining the government structure within three years to build “an effective, adaptable and innovative government organization,” Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC) Chairman Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday.

Jiang said amendments to the Organic Act of the Executive Yuan (行政院組織法) and to the Organic Standard Law of Central Government Agencies (中央行政機關組織基準法) would be finalized within a week and sent to the legislature for review in March.

He said the RDEC would suggest the Cabinet downsize about one-third of the Executive Yuan’s subordinate agencies and cap the number of government employees at 170,000 — about the same level as it is now if the teachers at public senior high schools are not included.

“Our plan is not to dissolve one-third of the agencies but to incorporate related agencies to improve policy coordination and organization adaptability,” Jiang told a press conference.

For example, he said, the proposal would suggest abolishing the Government Information Office, moving its businesses related to movies, publications and broadcasting to a ministry in charge of culture, and establishing a spokesperson office under the Executive Yuan.

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