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Could this be why our government never seems to get anything done?

http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/senior-executives-give-low-marks-to-obama-appointees-20110527

Could placing appointees in positions they are not experienced or knowledgeable in be doing more harm than good?

The survey revealed skepticism about the ability of current political appointees to improve agency performance. One respondent said, "The role [of senior leadership] has increased, but the effectiveness, skill and knowledge has dramatically decreased."

Obama officials lack functional and agency-specific knowledge, according to survey respondents. Nearly 60 percent of respondents gave Obama appointees a grade of C or lower for their functional expertise, with less than 37 percent giving them A or B grades. Many believe appointees don't understand human resources and procurement rules, saying they presume the "institution is there as an obstruction" and attempt to "break organizations."

Appointees have "unbelievably poor communication with career employees," one respondent commented. Almost 40 percent of managers gave appointees Ds or Fs on collaboration and communication with their staffs. Some "have a divide-and-conquer strategy, and there are way too many industry fingers allowed in decision-making," a respondent noted. At another agency, a manager said the result has been "politicization of normal agency functions

*note, this survey doesn't seem to have great responses from any administration, the question really has more to do with people doing these jobs that don't know how to do the job in the first place.

 
QuinnMae

Asked by QuinnMae at 1:33 PM on May. 31, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (18)

  • Maybe this is the problem.

    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 2:57 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • Well the inexperienced has chosen more inexperienced maybe to make him look MORE experienced.
    CHarlan

    Answer by CHarlan at 1:49 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • He really had a lot of people to pay back didn't he! I would hope at some point this would all backfire. It seems like Obama supporters are almost drugged or something. I mean, if this were my guy even I would be squealing...yet so many supporters seem to find an excuse for him.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 3:27 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • Placing a man who is not qualified to be president in office has done more harm than good, why would he appoint anyone with more qualifications than he has?
    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 5:42 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • It's interesting that people who were so quick to skewer Brown after FEMA have so little to say about Obama's appointees. Even those who eventually (if grudgingly) admitted that Nagin and Blanco did far more damage in the weeks prior than any federal agency could've if they'd tried to do it intentionally. Why don't they ever turn that scalpel vision on the current administration like they did then?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:03 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • Yes and that's fine by me. He really may have tried but hasn't accomplished much,or anything,with the serious issues our nation's facing. This "sort of thing" ratifies his incompetence. Not to "offend" but I'm not as concerned with parties as much as I am with solutions.
    CHarlan

    Answer by CHarlan at 2:09 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • You don't say
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 3:22 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • It seems like Obama supporters are almost drugged or something.

    It makes you wonder. I honestly don't know any one IRL that STILL supports him.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 3:48 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • This is because PBO isn't putting people in place because they are pundits. He is putting them in positions because he is paying debts.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:06 PM on May. 31, 2011

  • Maybe this is the problem.

    Oh my, it really IS the blind leading the blinder?
    DSamuels

    Answer by DSamuels at 7:39 PM on May. 31, 2011

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