President Moon appointed Lee Jung-Do as the Blue House's Secretary for Administration. Lee achieved Senior Executive Service without official exams. It is an unusual event that an ex-economics bureaucrat is appointed as Secretary for Administration because this position controls the Blue House's budgets and groups. A lot of people thought that Yang Jung-Chul, former Blue House Secretary for public relations and planning would be chosen because he is highly trusted by Moon. But against all odds, Lee has been appointed. Secretary Lee was born in 1965 in Hapcheon and graduated from CWNU’s Department of Administration and entered the public office in 1992. After that, during the Roh administration, he worked as the secretary of Byeon Yang-Gyun, former Minister of Planning and Budgeting. Also, when Byeon became Blue House policy director, he assisted Byeon continuously. Furthermore, during the Lee administration he worked as the secretary of Kang Man-Su, former Minister of Strategy and Finance. He seems familiar with the Blue House's work which seems to have led to his nomination.
Im Jong-Seok, Blue House Chief Secretary said, “Secretary Lee is a public official who has received confidence and respect in officialdom.” In addition he said, “mostly the president's nearest person takes care of Secretary for Administration. It has also been done in the past administrations. But President Moon wants to manage through the system and rule with a budget finance expert.” Also President Moon said to Lee, “I want to manage the Secretary for Administration transparently. I hope for your transparent and reasonable roles in the Blue House,” and he requested that Lee work towards a successful government.
Choi Ga-Yun, cub-reporter email@example.com
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