from Governing's Managing Technology Conference in Seattle Bill Gregoricus, a senior consultant in Tennessee's Office of State Planning and Policy, had an interesting--and somewhat disheartening--explanation ...
from Governing's Managing Technology Conference in Seattle
Bill Gregoricus, a senior consultant in Tennessee's Office of State Planning and Policy, had an interesting--and somewhat disheartening--explanation for why government can be overly risk averse, sometimes eschewing best practices that entail risk in favor of the safe route:
I can deal with the board and shareholders, but I don't want to deal with the press or angry legislators.
It strikes me as sad that government is precisely where concern for the good and for getting it right should trump all other issues, but often doesn't. Many a government problem, it seems, leads to an eruption of headlines and hearings without ever addressing the root causes or underlying institutional challenges that created the problem in the first place.
For boards and shareholders, the primacy of the bottom line means that when something goes wrong, assigning (and shifting) blame, grandstanding, and political point-scoring all take a back seat to fixing the problem.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Trouble for Some States, Lower Gas Prices Bring Relief to Mississippi10 hours ago
Pennsylvania Governor Fires Philadelphia School Reform Commissioner15 hours ago
Florida's Privatized Prison System Is Chronically Underfunded16 hours ago
Study: Obamacare Premiums Could Triple If Court Tosses Subsidies20 hours ago
Christie Quietly Reaps Obamacare's Budget Benefits20 hours ago
GOP Governors Carry Their States' Fiscal Baggage to CPAC20 hours ago