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Agency Against Corruption aims to boost transparency

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

The Agency Against Corruption (AAC) yesterday pledged to swiftly introduce transparency policies in its fight against corruption amid criticism that the bureau was insufficiently enthusiastic in its crackdown on corruption.

The AAC, established on July 20 last year, held an administrative transparency forum in Taipei yesterday.

The bureau’s competency in collecting information and investigating has been challenged amid a corruption scandal involving former Executive Yuan secretary-general Lin Yi-shih (林益世).

Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) told the forum that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has asked the ministry and the agency to come up with transparency policies on lobbying activities within one to two months, in the hope that all future lobbying will be carried out in the open.

AAC deputy head Yang Shih-chin (楊石金) said other countries’ policies provided good models of administrative transparency and efficiency.

Citing the US as an example, Yang said the US government has promoted a “Transparency and Open Government” initiative since 2009. A number of US government bureaus’ Web sites publicized itemized public expenditure, he said.

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