A new Cabinet is expected to begin working on New Year’s Day on Sunday, with the existing Executive Yuan and four other subordinate agencies becoming operational from that date without having their formal designations changed.
An amendment to the Organic Law of the Executive Yuan (行政院組織法) was passed on Feb. 3 providing a legal basis for the government overhaul project to begin next month. It will see the number of second-level Cabinet agencies reduced from 37 to 29 and third-level agencies from 279 to 70.
Under the new law, the Executive Yuan will be composed of 14 ministries, eight councils, three independent agencies — the Central Election Commission, the Fair Trade Commission and the National Communications Commission — two -directorates--general — the Directorate--General of Central Personnel and the -Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics — the central bank and the National Palace Museum.
Five existing central government organizations slated to become operational on Jan. 1 without any change to their designations under the new law are the Executive Yuan, the Ministry of Justice, the Council for Hakka Affairs, the Central Election Commission, the central bank and the museum.
The Executive Yuan has submitted 134 respective organic laws drafted by 28 agencies to the legislature for enactment to legitimize their operations under the new law.
As of Dec. 14, when the legislature went into recess, 33 organic laws involving 12 agencies had been enacted, while 101 organic laws governing 17 agencies had yet to be legislated.
The Executive Yuan hopes that a newly established culture ministry could become operational on May 20 if its organic law is legislated before Jan. 31, when the current legislature ends, Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC) Deputy Minister Sung Yu-hsieh (宋餘俠) said.
Meanwhile, the new Financial Supervisory Commission would become operational on July 1 next year as the terms of the incumbent commission members are scheduled to end on June 30, Sung said.
Given that the scale of this overhaul is extremely large and complicated, the RDEC has issued position papers on the reorganization efforts and a task force formed last year began “rolling services” in July to facilitate whole process, Sung said.