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South Korea Releasing Information On Public Servants' Assets
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jun/10/south-korea-releasing-information-public-servants-/
Source Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Jun 10, 2014

South Korea is releasing information on senior public servants’ assets, Yoon Soon-Gu, Director General of the country’s Ministry of Security and Public Administration has said.

Yoon told the recent Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit in Indonesia that his country is “trying to make policymakers more accountable and… improve civil service integrity through ethics committees,” adding that “actually senior civil servants are subject to asset disclosures.”

The government is also moving to a policy where it will automatically publish official documents signed by civil servants who are Director General level or above, he said, although in practice, this is likely to have caveats for national security.

The South Korean government also plans to increase public participation in policy discussions, as part of its Government 3.0 initiative. Its epeople.go.kr text portal hosts petitions and lists upcoming data releases.

Yoon said that a future area of development for the nation is using data to build personalised services, although he didn’t provide any specific details.

The OGP’s recent progress update on South Korea criticised it for not providing specific details.

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