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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT ACT

Wholly Amended by Act No. 3733, Jul. 25, 1984

Amended by Act No. 4036, Dec. 29, 1988

Act No. 4763, Jul. 20, 1994

Act No. 5142, Dec. 30, 1995

Act No. 5455, Dec. 13, 1997

Act No. 6033, Dec. 15, 1999

Act No. 6931, Jul. 18, 2003

Act No. 8050, Oct. 4, 2006

Act No. 8262, Jan. 24, 2007

Act No. 9403, Feb. 3, 2009

Act No. 11530, Dec. 11, 2012

Act No. 15710, jun. 12, 2018

CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS
 Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of this Act is to provide for the organization and functions of the National Assembly Secretariat and other necessary matters.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 2 (Functions)
The National Assembly Secretariat (hereinafter referred to as the "Secretariat") shall administer the following affairs related to the legislative activities of the National Assembly and the members of the National Assembly and administrative services of the National Assembly under the direction and supervision of the Speaker:
1. To receive and administer bills, petitions, etc.;
2. To assist in the bill reviews, budget and account settlement reviews, inspection and investigation of state administration, national policy appraisal, etc. of the National Assembly;
3. To assist in the plenary sessions and committee meetings of the National Assembly;
4. To assist in the parliamentary activities of the members of the National Assembly;
5. To broadcast and publicize the proceedings of the National Assembly;
6. To assist in the parliamentary diplomatic activities of the National Assembly;
7. To educate and train the public officials of the National Assembly, and to offer training on the parliamentary institutions and operations;
8. To manage and guard the National Assembly buildings and provide welfare;
9. To organize and operate the workplace civil defense unit and workplace reserve forces of the National Assembly and administer the emergency preparedness service;
10. To administer the matters falling under the authority vested in the Secretariat or the Secretary General under the State Public Officials Act, the National Finance Act, the State Property Act, and other statutes;
11. Inspection and investigation works and other matters as deemed necessary and designated by the Speaker.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 3 (Appointment of Public Officials)
(1) The Secretariat shall have two Deputy Secretaries General and other necessary public officials as well as a Secretary General.
(2) Public officials of Grade V or higher shall be appointed and dismissed by the Speaker and the other public officials shall be appointed and dismissed by the Secretary General: Provided, That the Speaker may delegate part of his/her authority to appoint to the Secretary General as determined by National Assembly Regulations.
(3) The Speaker may establish a plan for interchange of personnel and implement it through the deliberation of the Personnel Reshuffle Deliberative Committee where he/she deems it necessary to exchange personnel among the National Assembly organs.
(4) The Secretary General may have public officials in fixed term positions under Article 26-5 of the State Public Officials Act to reinforce the professional manpower required for the legislative assistance activities. [This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
CHAPTER II SECRETARIAT
 Article 4 (Secretary General)
(1) The Secretary General shall control the affairs of the National Assembly and direct and supervise public officials under his/her control, under the supervision of the Speaker.
(2) The Secretary General shall be in political service, and he/she shall be paid the same amount of remuneration as a member of the State Council.
(3) The Secretary General shall be a defendant of an administrative litigation with respect to the disposition imposed by the Speaker.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 5 (Deputy Secretaries General)
(1) The Deputy Secretaries General shall be a Deputy Secretary General for Legislative Affairs and a Deputy Secretary General for Administrative Affairs and shall be appointed and dismissed by the Speaker upon the recommendation of the Secretary General.
(2) The Deputy Secretaries General shall be in political service, and they shall be paid the same amount of remuneration as a Vice-Minister.
(3) The Deputy Secretaries General shall perform their duties by dividing the office duties in assisting the Secretary General in the administration of the affairs of the Secretariat, and in the case of an accident happening to the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General for Legislative Affairs and the Deputy Secretary General for Administrative Affairs, in order of priority, shall act on behalf of the Secretary General.
(4) The Deputy Secretary General for Legislative Affairs shall assist the Secretary General in performing legislative affairs and committee support activities and providing coordination necessary therefor.
(5) The Deputy Secretary General for Administrative Affairs shall assist the Secretary General in dealing with the affairs of administrative management.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 6 (Secretary Office of Speaker)
(1) A Secretary Office of the Speaker shall be established to take charge of the secretarial work of the Speaker and other matters related thereto.
(2) The Secretary Office of the Speaker shall have a Chief Secretary, who shall be in political service; and he/she shall be paid the same amount of remuneration as a Vice-Minister.
(3) The Chief Secretary shall take charge of the affairs of the office upon the order of the Speaker, and shall direct and supervise public officials under his/her control.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 6-2 (Spokesperson)
(1) The National Assembly shall have a spokesperson who is to take charge of affairs concerning matters pertaining to the publication of the activities of the National Assembly to the outside and news coverage and report of the media organizations.
(2) The spokesperson shall be appointed to the post of a director general, a state public official in extraordinary civil service equivalent to Grade I, or a public official in a fixed term position under Article 26-5 of the State Public Officials Act. <Amended by Act No. 11530, Dec. 11, 2012>
(3) The spokesperson shall take charge of affairs by order of the Speaker, and direct and supervise public officials under his/her control.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 9403, Feb. 3, 2009]
 Article 7 (Organization)
(1) The Secretariat shall have Deputy Secretaries General, office chiefs, bureau chiefs, and division chiefs as its subsidiary organs: Provided, That where the titles of office chief, bureau chief, or division chief are inadequate in view of the characteristic of their competent duties, the titles of subsidiary organs may be differently set, as prescribed by National Assembly Regulations. In such cases, the subsidiary organs which have the titles differently set shall be deemed office chiefs, bureau chiefs, or division chiefs in applying this Act.
(2) The Secretariat may have officers in charge to directly assist the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General, office chief and bureau chief, and a division under the control of the Deputy Secretary General which is not under control of a bureau.
(3) Office chiefs shall be appointed from among state public officials of Grade I or II in general service, bureau chiefs from among state public officials of Grade II or III in general service, and division chiefs from among state public officials of Grade III or IV in general service (excluding public officials in fixed term positions appointed pursuant to Article 26-5 of the State Public Officials Act), respectively, and officers in charge shall be appointed from among state public officials of Grades II through IV in extraordinary civil service (excluding public officials in fixed term positions appointed pursuant to Article 26-5 of the State Public Officials Act) or from among state public officials who hold a rank in extraordinary civil service equivalent to any of Grades II through IV.
(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (3) and Article 8 (3) and (4), where expertise is deemed especially necessary in light of the nature of relevant duties in charge, posts prescribed by National Assembly Regulations may be filled by public officials in fixed term positions under Article 26-5 of the State Public Officials Act, within the limit of 20/100 of the fixed number of the posts to be filled by state public officials of at least Grade III in general service (excluding division chiefs or other posts equivalent thereto).
(5) The fixed number of personnel to be placed in the Secretariat and the committees, the establishment of offices, bureaus, divisions, and officers in charge and the division of office duties, and other necessary matters shall be determined by National Assembly Regulations: Provided, That the Secretary General may determine the establishment of divisions and officers in charge equivalent thereto (including the legislative research secretaries of the committees) and the division of their duties.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
CHAPTER III PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO BE APPOINTED TO COMMITTEES
 Article 8 (Public Officials of Committees)
(1) A committee shall have specialists including a head specialist, legislative review secretaries, legislative research secretaries, and other necessary public officials: Provided, That the head specialist of a special committee and legislative review secretaries of committees may be appointed only when necessary.
(2) The head specialist shall be appointed to the position in extraordinary civil service, and he/she shall be paid the same amount of remuneration as a Deputy Minister.
(3) Specialists other than the head specialist shall be appointed from among state public officials of Grade II in general service (excluding public officials in fixed term positions under Article 26-5 of the State Public Officials Act).
(4) Legislative review secretaries shall be appointed from among state public officials of Grade II or III in general service, and legislative research secretaries from among state public officials of Grades III through V in general service (excluding public officials in fixed term positions under Article 26-5 of the State Public Officials Act), respectively.
(5) The Speaker may have specialists and necessary public officials serve for a special committee concurrently where deemed necessary.
(6) The qualifications for the appointment of specialists and other necessary matters shall be determined by National Assembly Regulations.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 9 (Functions of Specialists)
(1) The head specialist shall administer the affairs under the direction of the chairperson of his/her committee, and direct and supervise the public officials of the committee.
(2) The specialists shall conduct the following affairs:
1. To review and report the matters concerned such as legislative bills, budget bills and petitions;
2. To collect, investigate, and research the materials pertaining to matters concerned including various bills and to provide them to their members;
3. To provide the interpellation materials to their members in cases of various interpellations at the committees;
4. To assist in the progress of proceedings;
5. Other matters under the jurisdiction of their committees.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
CHAPTER IV SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS
 Article 10 (Incorporation of Juristic Person)
(1) The Speaker may incorporate a juristic person to assist in the research, investigation, and training related to the National Assembly, welfare promotion of the members and state public officials of the National Assembly, the broadcast of the proceedings of the National Assembly, and other parliamentary activities.
(2) The appointment of executive officers and work plans of a juristic person incorporated pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be subject to approval from the Speaker as prescribed by the articles of incorporation.
(3) The Speaker may provide contributions or subsidies for a juristic person incorporated pursuant to paragraph (1) within the budget.
(4) The Secretary General may dispatch the public officials under his/her control to the juristic person incorporated pursuant to paragraph (1).
(5) The State or the local government may have the juristic person incorporated pursuant to paragraph (1) lease, use or take profits from the state or public property free of charge within the scope not undermining its original purpose.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 11 (Staggered Hours Work Arrangement)
The Secretary General may have the public officials under his/her control serve by changing their office hours depending upon the circumstances, but only during the session of the National Assembly.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 12 (Delegation of Powers)
Part of the authority of the Secretariat or of the Secretary General thereof under the State Public Officials Act, the National Finance Act, the State Properties Act, the Commodity Management Act, and other statutes may be delegated to the National Assembly Library or the Chief Librarian thereof, or the National Assembly Budget Office or the Chief thereof, the National Assembly Research Service or the Chief thereof as prescribed by National Assembly Regulations.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 13 (Enforcement Regulations)
The matters necessary for the enforcement of this Act shall be determined by National Assembly Regulations.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
 Article 14 (Provisions concerning Delegation)
The matters delegated by the State Public Officials Act and this Act to be determined by National Assembly Regulations shall be determined by the Speaker with the consent of the House Steering Committee of the National Assembly.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018]
ADDENDA
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) (Transitional Measures) The affairs of the National Assembly Secretariat and the National Assembly Library, and the organizations handling those affairs and fixed number of personnel thereof at the time when this Act enters into force shall be governed by the previous provisions until the regulations under the amended Act are enacted and enter into force.
ADDENDA <Act No. 4036, Dec. 29, 1988>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) (Transitional Measures) The affairs of the Secretariat and the organizations handling those affairs and the fixed number of personnel thereof shall be governed by the previous provisions until the regulations under the amended Act are enacted and enter into force, unless otherwise provided in other Acts.
ADDENDA <Act No. 4763, Jul. 20, 1994>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) Omitted.
(3) (Transitional Measures) The first bureau chief to take charge of public relations after this Act enters into force may be appointed from among state public officials in the extraordinary civil service equivalent to Grade II or III.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 5142, Dec. 30, 1995>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 5455, Dec. 13, 1997>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) (Transitional Measures) The amended provisions of Article 4 (3) shall not apply to the litigation, the defendant of which is the Speaker of the National Assembly, pending in court at the time when this Act enters into force.
(3) Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 6033, Dec. 15, 1999>
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2000.
ADDENDA <Act No. 6931, Jul. 18, 2003>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
(2) Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8050, Oct. 4, 2006>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2007. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 12 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 8262, Jan. 24, 2007>
This Act shall enter into force two months after the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 9403, Feb. 3, 2009>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11530, Dec. 11, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 15710, Jun. 12, 2018>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.