Letters to the editor
Following are responses to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "Do you favor dividing the Senior Executive Service into a corps of managers and a corps of technical experts?"
There's nothing more dangerous than asking a manager a technical question, and there's nothing more destructive than trying to make a technical expert into a manager.
When most of the managers I have encountered are asked a technical question, they seem to think they know all the answers and will make decisions with less than half the information necessary.
Technical experts may be able to answer the technical questions, but they are not normally politically astute enough to know how to respond to any manager other than their own.
Martin Bridges Sr. Internal Revenue Service
The SES already provides for Senior Level (SL) and Scientific/Professional (ST) ranks for the purposes of covering technical positions outside the normal civil service tracks.
The problem is that there is a perception (among the hiring agencies, not the SES corps) that the SL and ST positions are not as prestigious as the Executive Schedule series and are not "plum" enough to be used for their purposes.
Name withheld by request