Republic of China Office of the President Organization Act

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Official english translation of the "Republic of China Office of the President Organization Act", enacted text of 19 articles promulgated by Presidential Decree on January 24, 1996  (1996) 
source: http://law.moj.gov.tw/Eng/Fnews/FnewsContent.asp?msgid=1157&msgType=en&keyword=ROC+Office+of+the+President+Organization+Act

The original 29-article Act was enacted and promulgated by the Nationalist Government on May 1, 1948, and went into effect on May 20 of the same year.The Act was amended into 19 articles and promulgated under Presidential Decree No. 8500020890, dated January 24, 1996.

Article 1[edit]

The President shall establish the Office of the President in exercise of his functions and powers in accordance with the Constitution.

Article 2[edit]

The Office of the President shall establish the following bureaus and departments:

  1. First Bureau;
  2. Second Bureau;
  3. Third Bureau;
  4. Department of Special Affairs;
  5. Department of Security Affairs;
  6. Department of Public Affairs.

Article 3[edit]

The First Bureau shall be charged with:

  1. Promulgation of laws and decrees;
  2. Appointment and removal of civil servants and military officers;
  3. Handling of matters regarding the nomination of officials whose appointment requires the consent of the National Assembly and the Legislative Yuan as stipulated by the Constitution;
  4. Handling of matters pertaining to the National Assembly, the five government branches or Yuans, the General Staff Headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense, and the provincial/special municipality governments;
  5. Translation and handling of correspondence and documents in foreign languages;
  6. Reports on various domestic and foreign affairs;
  7. Other related matters.

Article 4[edit]

The Second Bureau shall be charged with:

  1. Conferring of honors and orders;
  2. Safekeeping of seals;
  3. Making and distribution of official seals, chops, and orders;
  4. Registration, distribution and typing of official documents, and filing of minutes and official documents;
  5. Handling of confidential telegraphic correspondence;
  6. Planning and implementation of office automation, and maintenance of computer hardware and software;
  7. Publication of the Gazette of the Office of the President;
  8. Other related matters.

Article 5[edit]

The Third Bureau shall be charged with:

  1. Handling of ceremonial affairs;
  2. Handling of protocol affairs;
  3. Handling of overhead and managerial affairs;
  4. Management of the maintenance of transportation equipment;
  5. Handling of disbursements;
  6. Other related matters.

Article 6[edit]

The Department of Special Affairs shall be charged with handling of special matters related to the President and the Vice President.

Article 7[edit]

The Department of Security Affairs shall be charged with security affairs related to the President and the Vice President.

Article 8[edit]

The Department of Public Affairs shall be charged with:

  1. Dissemination and explanation of major government policies;
  2. Liaison with the media and news releases;
  3. Collection and analysis of public opinion;
  4. Handling of petitions from the general public;
  5. Other related matters.

Article 9[edit]

The Office of the President shall have a politically appointed secretary-general to the president who, under the order of the President, shall take overall charge of the affairs of the Office of the President, and direct and supervise all staff.

The Office of the President shall have two deputy secretaries-general to assist the secretary-general with administrative matters. One shall be politically appointed and the other a civil servant equivalent to the fourteenth grade of the senior level.

Article 10[edit]

The Office of the President shall have, within the civil service system, three directors-general with fourteenth-grade positions of the senior level; between six and eight secretaries with positions between the twelfth and fourteenth grades of the senior level; two departmental directors with thirteenth-grade positions of the senior level; three deputy directors-general, two deputy directors and between four and six counselors, all with positions between the twelfth and thirteenth grades of the senior level; between fourteen and sixteen councilors with positions between the tenth and twelfth grades of the senior level; between sixteen and twenty senior specialists and one senior analyst with positions between the tenth and eleventh grades of the senior level; between thirty-two and thirty-six section chiefs with ninth-grade positions of the intermediate level; between fifteen and twenty-one senior editors and two analysts with positions between the eighth and ninth grades of the intermediate level; between thirty-six and forty-four specialists and three coordinators with positions between the seventh and ninth grades of the intermediate level; between two and four designers with positions between the sixth and seventh grades of the intermediate level; between seventy-nine and eighty-nine section members with fifth-grade positions of the junior level, where between fifty-one and fifty-five of these section members may have positions between the sixth and seventh grades of the intermediate level; two assistant coordinators with positions between the third and fifth grade of the junior level; between thirty-nine and forty-five clerks with positions between the third and fourth grade of the junior level; and between sixteen and twenty associate clerks with positions between the first and third grade of the junior level. The sixteen present assistant clerks without qualifications for civil service, employed before the enforcement of the Act, may remain in their posts, taking the positions of associate clerk until they choose to resign.

The military staff of the Office of the President shall consist of one chief aide-de-camp to the President at the rank of lieutenant general; one deputy chief aide-de-camp and three chief security guards at the rank of major general; four section chiefs, one chief medical officer, four deputy chiefs, four aides-de-camp and between seven and ten staff officers, all at the rank of colonel; thirty-four security officers, sixteen at the rank of colonel and eighteen at the rank of lieutenant colonel; between fifteen and twenty-five staff officers, fifteen at the rank of lieutenant colonel and ten at the rank of colonel; between twenty-two and twenty-seven security guards, with between ten and fifteen at the rank of major and twelve at the rank of captain; two medical officers, one at the rank of lieutenant colonel, the other at the rank of major; two pharmacy officers, one at the rank of lieutenant colonel, the other at the rank of major; one nursing staff officer at the rank of major; and two nursing officers at the rank of captain.

The present military servants serving in the above-mentioned positions before the enforcement of the Act may remain in their posts until they choose to resign.

Article 11[edit]

The Office of the President shall establish the Personnel Department, headed by a departmental chief with a position between the twelfth and thirteenth grade of the senior level, who handles personnel affairs of the Office of the President in accordance with law. The number of staff members to be allocated in the Personnel Department shall be determined pursuant to this Act.

Article 12[edit]

The Office of the President shall establish the Accounting Department, headed by a departmental chief with a position between the twelfth and thirteenth grade of the senior level, who handles annual budgeting, accounting and statistics in accordance with law. The number of staff members to be allocated in the Accounting Department shall be determined pursuant to this Act.

Article 13[edit]

The Office of the President shall establish the Government Ethics Department, headed by a departmental chief with a position between the twelfth and thirteenth grade of the senior level, which handles employee ethics affairs of the Office of the President in accordance with law. The number of staff members to be allocated in the Government Ethnics Department shall be determined pursuant to this Act.

Article 14[edit]

Where civil officials of certain ranks and grades are deemed as eligible for the positions listed in Articles 10 through 13, the appointment categories applicable for the specific posts are to be determined and observed according to Article 8 of the Public Service Personnel Employment Law. 

Article 15[edit]

The Office of the President shall have senior advisors and national policy advisors appointed by the President to provide opinions and render advice to the President, whose term of office shall not exceed that of the President. The number of senior advisors, with or without remuneration, shall not exceed fifteen in either case. The number of national policy advisors with remuneration shall not exceed thirty, while those without remuneration shall not exceed sixty.

Article 16[edit]

The Office of the President shall have fifteen strategy advisors at the rank of general appointed by the President to provide opinions and render advice to the President on military strategies and other affairs related to national defense.

Article 17[edit]

Academia Sinica, Academia Historica, and the Management Commission of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum shall be under direct administrative supervision of the Office of the President. The organization and operation of these institutions shall be prescribed by other rules and regulations.

Article 18[edit]

The administrative regulation of the Office of the President shall be determined by the Office of the President.

Article 19[edit]

The actual date on which this Act is to be implemented shall be determined by Presidential Decree.Amendments to this Act shall be effective on the date of their promulgation.

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