Recent happenings at the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), a U.S. federal agency, is exactly why government needs to be smaller — its just a series of constant missteps and ineptitude.
Daniel Horowitz, the board's managing director, was placed on leave in June 2015 by Acting Board Chairman Richard (Rick) Engler for creating a toxic work environment and retaliating against whistle-blowers. The official notice for his removal included 10 charges of misconduct.
In business, said person would rightfully find themselves out of work. Yet, in the American government, fast forward fifteen months and Horowitz is still on the government payroll earning $158,700 because “the action was never finalized by the board.”
In what world does someone earn money for doing nothing?
Engler — the Acting Board Chairman of the CSB — is the same bureaucrat who promoted a lawyer suing his agency for hundreds of thousands of dollars as its acting general counsel. Prior to his promotion, Raymond Porfiri was the agency’s deputy general counsel, having worked at CSB for 16 years.
In October 2014, Porfiri filed a federal lawsuit against CSB charging it with various incidents of discrimination and failure to accommodate injuries he sustained in an April 2011 accident pruning a tree at his residence. In his suit Porfiri is demanding a $300,000 payment from the government.
In his new role, he is directly supervising the CSB attorney charged with assisting the Justice Department in defending against his own lawsuit!
And it’s the same Engler that soon after his appointment awarded “nearly $100,000 in sole-source contracts for outside lawyers and consultants without public notice or discussion and kept them below a dollar threshold that would trigger an array of federal procurement requirements.”
This whole episode at the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is symptomatic of everything we have come to associate with government and bureaucracy — at best inefficiency, at worst — corruption. Government simply needs to be smaller — and eliminate waste.
Ronn Torossian is one of America’s foremost Public Relations executives as founder/CEO of 5WPR, a leading independent PR Agency. The firm was honored as PR Firm of the Year by The American Business Awards, and has been named to the Inc. 500 List. Torossian is author of the best-selling "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations." For more of Ronn Torossian's reports, Go Here Now.
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