Tuesday, June 14, 2022

In the Federal Bureaucracy

 "'You can do better than that,' he said. 'I want an ironclad case.'

"This kind of thing went on for a while," said the executive, "and then I began to realize something: I was becoming the problem. This fellow had a lawyer. He was a member of the union. He had complained to his congressman that he wasn't being given fair consideration for promotion! And the agency just didn't want to get into a tangle. It was easier for them to adopt the attitude that I wasn't compiling a convincing case, that I was a lousy manager."

- From "Firing a Federal Employee: The Impossible Dream" by Leonard Reed, in Inside the System by Charles Peters and Nicholas Lemann (1979)

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