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Bureaucracy: Pandemic Without Borders

Bureaucraziness in the News

Canada        PUBLIC SECTOR INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER SEES NO EVIL

"What could possibly motivate a commissioner of integrity to sweep virtually all the whistle-blowing cases that came before her under the rug?...from 2007 to 2010... 228 disclosures of wrongdoing came before her. Only seven were investigated, five of which were closed with no finding. The remaining two are in limbo...As batting averages go, Ms. Ouimet deserves a place in Cooperstown. All those grievance bearers, all those bureaucrats who might have embarrassed the government – and yet, we’re told, they were all delusional." Full story

Canada        BUILDING INSPECTORS SEEK TO BULLDOZE SENIORS' HOME

Craig Morrison,91, built a house for himself and his wife Irene, who has Alzeimer's. Building inspectors hauled him into court six times for code violations, even though the infractions didn't appear to make the house particularly unsafe. How did the judge rule?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/all-i-wanted-to-do-is-build-a-house/article1797192/

Canada         GOVERNMENT THINKS "OMBUDSMAN" MEANS "YES-MAN" IN SWEDISH

The Canadian government has declined to re-appoint a retired colonel as its veterans affairs ombudsman. He criticized the federal bureaucracy for being more interested in penny-pinching than in meeting the needs of veterans. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/847933--veterans-ombudsman-loses-battle-with-ottawa?bn=1

Britain          WHISTLEBLOWING IN THE WIND

Doctors who spoke out against hospital staffing cuts received suspensions and dismissals. Patients may have died as a result.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/7569995/NHS-bureaucrats-care-for-themselves-not-the-patients.html  

Canada          BUT HE ALWAYS HANDED IN HIS REPORTS ON TIME

A provincial government discovered that one of its social services employees had violated the privacy of hundreds of clients. Five weeks passed before they had the police raid his house and arrest him. After he got out on bail and returned to work, it took another five months before his computer access was revoked and he was fired.
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=ab0d470b-e06d-4322-821b-330c8e574596

For an insightful article on how reporters can investigate snail-like bureaucratic investigations of misconduct by nurses and other professionals, see http://projects.propublica.org/state-boards/subjects/nursing

Canada        BUSY BUREAUCRATS FIND TIME TO ERECT ENDLESS ROAD BLOCKS

 “Canadians’ right to access government information is being subverted, delayed and denied by federal and provincial bureaucrats and politicians.”    http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/809151--english-democracy-demands-freedom-of-information

 

Good news in the battle against the bureaucracy blues

USA            WHERE’S MY CZECH BOOK?

New York City is overhauling how it administers $4 billion in contracts awarded to non-profit social services agencies. The agencies, even those that have no religious affiliation, are praying for deliverance. What’s the current system like? “Have you read Kafka?” asks one executive director. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/nyregion/19contracts.html


USA              THE RED PENCILS ARE COMING, THE RED PENCILS ARE COMING!

A Washington Post columnist calls for “a plain language revolution” and says that Obama’s call for transparent government should provide momentum. He criticizes the Department of Education for a 220-word sentence in a regulation and praises the website of the Citizenship and Immigration Service. 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/29/AR2009102904525.html