Friday, June 28, 2013

Can we make integrity and trust a priority in DC government?

This is not a rhetorical question, I am really asking. With all of the recent corruption scandals, investigations and plea deals how do we make ethics and integrity the priority?

Looking forward to reading your comments on how and why the system is broken and what needs to be done to fix it --- assuming it can be fixed. Are the recent scandals just the tip of the iceberg or has this just been a perfect storm of greed and ambition?




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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can we start with term limits?

DaReslnt1 said...

I agree with the poster who suggested term limits. That needs to be the 1st change.

I recently drove a colleague to a kind of focus group that includes a member from each dc government agency. Most of the people were so old and I had to ask myself,"are these people really in touch with many of the new faces of d.c.?" This may not be true for everyone but I feel that after a certain age people are not as open to new ideas and many dc government employees have been in the same position for 20 plus years.

Ward 8 Wonk said...

"This may not be true for everyone but I feel that after a certain age people are not as open to new ideas and many dc government employees have been in the same position for 20 plus years."

I totally agree with that. There should always be a mix of talent and age in every organization. I think a lot of the issues in Ward 8 can be linked to not preparing and empowering new leaders to get involved. When I first moved to Ward 8 there was very much an "us vs. them" mentality that kept everyone behind. I am not sure if things are changing to encourage more diversity in leadership positions but it should.