Former government officials, academics pen letter accusing administration of ‘malpractice’
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Oct 20, 2020
In an “unusual” open letter, a group of more than 140 public administration experts and prominent academics are calling out the Trump administration for what they say is “routine and intentional administrative malpractice,” Government Executive reports.
Although many public administration experts, like career civil servants, do not typically get involved with partisan politics, the letter states that during the last 3 1/2 years, “never has there been such blatantly irresponsible and intentionally incompetent management” of the U.S. government. The letter notes several examples of bad public management by the administration, including “frequent efforts to control and manipulate scientific data and objective facts in a clearly deceptive manner for short term political ends; concerted efforts to undermine effective personnel and management practice to achieve narrow partisan goals; and a degree of senior leadership turnover truly unmatched in American history.”
The letter is being distributed by Allan Rosenbaum, president-elect of the American Society for Public Administration and professor of public policy and administration at Florida International University, and is signed by former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening; James L. Perry, professor emeritus at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University; and Don Moynihan, professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and others.