Originally Posted by Mike M
There are excellent minds and top notch people working in the government but they are often overshadowed by the incompetent who, for some reason, have been promoted or appointed to positions with a "little" power and they have no idea how to use it.
This is so true. Putting the political appointees aside, the top people in career positions in government are usually excellent. And so are most in the middle. But for some reason, those in the middle who can't cut it are often SPECTACULARLY incompetent.
Those of you who know me know I've never worked in government, but Terry did for many years in a middle-manager position in which she distinguished herself. We've talked about this issue from time to time, and the best we can come up with is that the way the government personnel system works makes it uncommonly difficult to get rid of the truly terrible. It used to be that there was a fair amount of nepotism involved too, but that seems less true these days.
It is a shame, not only for the country as a whole, but for the morale of the majority who do a fine and sometimes stellar job.
Mike's account probably gives a worthwhile insight into what went wrong with the you-know-which website.