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Civil servants to face stricter evaluations of performance

TAIPEI--The Examination Yuan, Taiwan's civil service system regulator, passed a draft bill Thursday that is expected to subject government workers to stricter performance evaluations with the aim of weeding out subpar civil servants.

Under the draft amendments to the Civil Servants Evaluation Act, between 1 and 3 percent of government staffers will receive a D — the second lowest grade — in their annual job evaluations and employees that receive three Ds over 10 years will be fired or face early retirement. Current regulations stating receivers of E grades in annual evaluations will be fired remain unchanged.

The draft bill also stipulates that only a maximum of five percent of government workers governed by the act — a total of around 270,000 — can receive an A grade. The draft bill will be sent to the Legislature for approval Friday. Once approved, it is estimated between 2,700 and 8,100 civil servants will get a D in their evaluations every year, a big increase from the 430 people rated D last year. The Examination Yuan also introduced measures designed to ease the passage of the draft bill, which failed to clear the Legislature in 2010 due to opposition from some civil servants.

For instance, the amended act will ensure that those getting Ds are not all new employees or junior personnel.

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