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Former government officials, academics pen letter accusing administration of ‘malpractice’

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.

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Thu, Oct 29, 2020

At the Big Outfit in Bethesda, ethic and conflict of interest considerations (laws) are commonly ignored by management. They take care of each other, cheat on annual leave and feel they are entitled to be on the golf course rather than working their actual schedule. They take trips that have nothing to do with their assigned work areas. In fact they go on vacation at the tax payers expense.

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

We can thank the following administrations for ignorance and corruption across the government. They include Carter, Clinton, Bush Jr, Obama and make America great again president.

Thu, Oct 22, 2020

The current administration and former administrations are all complicit in the degradation of science in America. It is now a back seat issue thanks to the minions in congress and senate. This is the responsibility of both political parties. EPA, NIH, CDC, FDA all have lost talent because of stupid short sighted budget cuts. The environment and health concerns are no longer of any consideration by the idiots who supposedly run this country.

Thu, Oct 22, 2020 Accountability starts at the Top

Accountability starts at the top.

Wed, Oct 21, 2020

I disagree. In my many years with the Feds, too many examples of deadweight employees. Incompetence, poor work ethic, and just plain lazy. That is why many feel it takes 3 to do a 1 man job. Of course I'm not willing to go public; not in today's political climate!

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