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Is a ‘mass fishing expedition’ in response to the GSA scandal the best use of time for agency personnel?
April 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm #159328
April 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm #159344
Is there a need to dig deep? Yes. Is this a good use of public funds and time? Yes again.
There is no excuse for mismanagement and unauthorized use of government funds. There are some who project a fine public image (they look good in uniform (an allusion to the manner in which they dress and comport themselves) and operate below the radar) and based on that aspect of their projected image, think they can do no wrong or are above (beyond) reproach. They need to start being team players and mentoring those who need it. They also need to do some self-reflection and stop being so judgmental or political.
Nevertheless, it’s convenient to attack Federal government officials (and those who do violate the Public Trust should be prosecuted), given the size and scope of our government and the budget crises that perpetually affect it. How many people who attack the government and its mismanagers are beyond reproach?
Everyone needs to keep their own house in order, including me. Maybe this will be an eye opener to those who have escaped public or private scrutiny to toe the line and not wind up like those who have fallen from grace.
No one expects perfection, just a little common sense and good judgment.
April 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm #159342
This is Parkinson’s Law at it’s best. The numbers are low in relation to the average scandal so people can relate to it and pick it to pieces. I just posted on You Tube my opinion of this whole scandal. It’s similar to my blog posts on GovLoop but slightly more colorful language.
April 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm #159340
Entertaining video “Government Man.” As you highlighted, this is something that has been going on for a long time, not just with the GSA. I will look up your book. Is there an e-reader version that I can read?
April 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm #159338
April 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm #159336
Great commentary and amusing video, Alan. You are 100% right about this being small potatoes and should have been handled internally.To be honest, I had to look up Parkinson’s Law <smile>.
The point of government bureaucracy is moot. Any governing body, by its very composition, is a bureaucracy. I would argue that we get the government we deserve, if we carp about one bureaucracy and replace it with another.
If you want to reduce bureaucracy, educate yourself to do the right thing the first time, then you will never encounter it. This sounds like an oversimplification, it is. That’s all for now. More later …
April 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm #159334
Right you are Mark. When I first read the original article that the Government Charge Card post highlighted, I was thinking that this does need to be exposed as the story continues to unfold. In the back of my mind though I was also thinking in terms of what the article mentioned of this being a good use of time and money to go this deep or not?
The Government Charge Card link on this thread suggests that “most if not all of this information should already be available in the semiannual inspector generals’ reports from each agency. Have committee personnel fully reviewed these documents, before requesting exponentially more records?”
April 25, 2012 at 2:33 am #159332
Hah! I’m showing my age with Parkinson’s Law.
April 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm #159330
IMO asking for this amount of data is nothing but grandstanding…
Would offer that the collection of this amount of data would require the hiring of a significant staff by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee… Oh Maybe that is the intention…
As Mr. Lewack states there is no excuse for unauthorized use of government funds… But requesting all conference information from 23 federal agencies for 5 years in the chance that a percentage of the conferences were engaged in the unauthorized use of funds probably would take several months to a: gather information from the individual agencies and probably close to a year with the Mr. Issa’s committee to evaluate this information.
As far as mismanagement of funds, would offer that depending on your viewpoint all conferences or no conferences could be classified as a mismanagement of funding
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