NATIONAL ASSEMBLY RESEARCH SERVICE ACT
Act No. 8263, Jan. 24, 2007
Amended by Act No. 9404, Feb. 3, 2009
Act No. 11530, Dec. 11, 2012
Act No. 16327, Apr. 16, 2019
Act No. 17122, Mar. 24, 2020
Act No. 17903, Jan. 12, 2021
The purpose of this Act is to provide for the organization and functions of the National Assembly Research Service and other necessary matters.
|(1)|| The National Assembly Research Service (hereinafter referred to as the “Research Service”) shall be established under the control of the Speaker of the National Assembly (hereinafter referred to as the “Speaker”).|
|(2)|| The independence of the Research Service shall be respected with regard to its functions.|
The Research Service shall administer the following affairs concerning legislation and policy-making:
|1.|| To investigate, analyze, and respond to matters requested by committees of the National Assembly (hereinafter referred to as “committees”) or members of the National Assembly;|
|2.|| To conduct research and studies concerning legislation and policy-making and provide information thereon;|
|3.|| To collect, manage, and distribute materials related to legislation and policy-making;|
|4.|| To provide information to National Assembly members’ research groups;|
|5.|| To analyze foreign legislative trends and provide information thereon.|
|(1)|| The Chief of the Research Service (hereinafter referred to as the “Chief”) shall be a public official in political service, and he or she shall be paid the same amount of remuneration as a vice-minister.|
|(2)|| The Chief shall ensure professionalism and maintain political neutrality in administering his or her affairs.|
|(3)|| The Chief shall exercise overall control over the affairs of the Research Service under the supervision of the Speaker, and shall direct and supervise public officials under his or her control: Provided, That this shall not apply where personnel administration, budget and accounting, management of state property, management of commodities, contingency plans, property registration by public servants, and other affairs, from among the affairs related to the Research Service, are prescribed as affairs falling under the authority of the National Assembly Secretariat or the Secretary General of the National Assembly under the National Assembly Secretariat Act, State Public Officials Act, National Finance Act, State Property Act, and other statutes or regulations.|
| Article 4-2 (Research Service Chief Recommendation Committee)
|(1)|| The Speaker shall receive a recommendation from the Research Service Chief Recommendation Committee (hereafter in this Article referred to as the “Recommendation Committee”) in advance when he or she requests consent to the appointment of the Chief pursuant to Article 22-3 (3) of the National Assembly Act.|
|(2)|| The Recommendation Committee shall be composed of persons who are not members or public officials of the National Assembly and can conduct recommended affairs fairly while maintaining political neutrality with expertise in the functions of the Research Service.|
|(3)|| Matters necessary for the composition, operation, and other details of the Recommendation Committee shall be prescribed by rule.|
[This Article Newly Inserted on Feb. 3, 2009]
| Article 4-3 (Documents to be Attached at Time of Consent to the Appointment)
|(1)|| When requesting the consent to the appointment of the Chief pursuant to Article 4-2 (1), evidential documents concerning the following matters shall be attached:|
|1.|| Matters regarding occupation, educational background, and career;|
|4.|| Records of payments and delinquency of income tax, property tax, and aggregate land tax for the recent five years;|
|(2)|| If necessary, a person subject to the request for consent to the appointment under paragraph (1) may request the documents under the subparagraphs of the same paragraph from the head of a Stage agency, a local government, or any other relevant agency, and the head of such agency shall comply with such request.|
[This Article Newly Inserted on Jan. 12, 2021]
| Article 5 (Appointment of Public Officials)
Public officials of Grade V or higher in the Research Service shall be appointed and dismissed by the Speaker, and the other public officials shall be appointed and dismissed by the Chief: Provided, That the Speaker may delegate part of his or her authority to appoint officials to the Chief as prescribed by rule.
|(1)|| The Research Service shall have office chiefs, bureau chiefs, and division chiefs as its subsidiary organs: Provided, That the titles of subsidiary organs may be set differently as prescribed by rule.|
|(2)|| The Research Service may have officers in charge to directly assist the Chief; office chiefs, and bureau chiefs, and one division that does not belong to an office or bureau may be established under the control of the Chief.|
|(3)|| Office chiefs shall be appointed from among state public officials Grade I, II or research officers in general service, bureau chiefs from among state public officials of Grade II, III or research officers in general service, and division chiefs from among state public officials of Grade III, IV or research officers in general service, respectively; and officers in charge shall be appointed from among state public officials of Grades II through IV or research officers in general service. <Amended on Dec. 11, 2012; Apr. 16, 2019>|
|(4)|| An advisory body may be established under the control of the Chief to provide advice to the Chief.|
|(5)|| The fixed number of public officials to be placed in the Research Service, the establishment of offices, bureaus, divisions, and officers in charge and the assignment of their duties, and other necessary matters shall be prescribed by rule: Provided, That the establishment of divisions and officers in charge equivalent thereto and the assignment of their duties may be determined by the Chief.|
| Article 6-2 (Screening of Positions of Public Officials in Research Service)
|(1)|| The Chief may screen the positions of public officials in research service in order to employ public officials in research service.|
|(3)|| Necessary matters concerning procedures for screening positions under paragraph (1) and competitive career employment examinations, etc. under paragraph (2) shall be prescribed by the National Assembly Regulations.|
[This Article Newly Inserted on Apr. 16, 2019]
| Article 7 (Provision of Materials to Committees and National Assembly Members)
In performing his or her duties, the Chief shall provide necessary materials where requested by committees or members of the National Assembly.
| Article 8 (Report to Committees)
|(1)|| The Chief or a public official under the control of the Chief who is designated by the Chief shall give a report or explanation to a committee to comply with a request from the relevant committee.|
|(2)|| When the Chief deems, in the course of performing his or her duties, that there is any illegal acts committed by relevant administrative agencies or any matter requiring improvement in statutes, regulations, systems, or administration, he or she shall give a report thereon to the standing committee of the National Assembly having jurisdiction over the affair in question. <Amended on Mar. 24, 2020>|
| Article 9 (Request for Materials)
The Chief may request state agencies and other institutions or organizations to provide materials necessary for the performance of his or her duties after obtaining permission of the Speaker. In such cases, a person in receipt of such request shall comply with the request unless there is any compelling reason not to do so.
| Article 10 (Provisions concerning Delegation)
The matters mandated by this Act to be prescribed by rule and those necessary for the enforcement of this Act shall be determined by the Speaker with the consent of the House Steering Committee of the National Assembly.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 8263, Jan. 24, 2007>
This Act shall enter into force two months after the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9404, Feb. 3, 2009>
|(1)|| (Enforcement Date) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.|
|(2)|| (Applicability to Research Service Chief Recommendation Committee) The amended provisions of Article 4-2 shall begin to apply from the Chief of the National Assembly Research Service first appointed after this Act enters into force.|
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. 16327, Apr. 16, 2019>
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 17122, Mar. 24, 2020>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 17903, Jan. 12, 2021>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.