Kelman column in the Washington Post
You can read Steve Kelman's columns ... and now his FCW.com blog ... but Kelman has a piece in the Washington Post editorial page today:
The IG Ideology [WP, 4.4.2007]
Inspectors General contribute to the talent deficit that hurts government.
Here is the top of the article:
Most elected officials and journalists see inspectors general as nonideological fraud-busters whose only cause is protecting the taxpayer. Many therefore accept their pronouncements as truth-telling without fear or favor.
IGs do accomplish useful work. But the IG culture -- reflected in the topics inspectors choose for reports and the conclusions they draw -- also embodies an ideology about how public organizations should be managed that can make it harder, not easier, for government to perform well. Contracting, a high-visibility area in which IGs have been extensively involved of late, offers many examples, but this culture applies to other domains of public management as well.
It's interesting because I think that the Doan hearing last week would have been a real opportunity to get into these issues. After all, much of what is going on at GSA is essentially a food fight between Doan and GSA's inspector general.
And while we're talking about the Doan hearing, Tom Temin, who is writing commentaries for Federal News Radio's Web site
, has his take
on the hearing:
The hearing was a typical food fight. Everyone was splattered with a little egg, including some career GSA folks who didn't even testify. Waxman seemed the most restrained and polite. But the aptly-named Massachusetts Democrat Stephen F. Lynch used his allotted time to simply excoriate Doan, never asking a question. It was a slightly pathetic performance. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), the former chairman, who knows information technology and GSA inside out, tried to balance the hearing and help Doan.
Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Apr 04, 2007 at 12:16 PM