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Posted on 03/15/2014 7:49:27 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
David Wright, director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in the Department Of Health And Human Services, just quit his job in a big way. Wright wrote an insanely blunt resignation letter that was recently published by ScienceInsider. In it, he exposed the dysfunctional bureaucratic red tape that limited him from doing his job more than half of the time.
(Excerpt) Read more at theconservativetreehouse.com ...
Good grief, Man- didn’t you get briefed that ACA never was supposed to work??? Your Boss the PINO wants to burn the House down, you dumb tool.
I want him deposed NOW!!
hmmmm... is he safe?
He's the real tool.
Thanks for the link
THIS OUGHTTA BE GOOD...!!! >:)
I think he's taking a well-deserved vacation, far from Washington. I think he said he was going to ... Malaysia ...
From his letter:
"Since Ive been here Ive been advised by my superiors that I had 'to make my bosses look good.' Ive been admonished: 'Dave, you are a visionary leader but what we need here are team players.'"
From his letter:
“Recently, I was advised that if I wanted to be happy in government service, I had to lower my expectations.
As for the rest, Im offended as an American taxpayer that the federal bureaucracyat least the part Ive labored inis so profoundly dysfunctional. Im hardly the first person to have made that discovery, but Im saddened by the fact that there is so little discussion, much less outrage, regarding the problem. To promote healthy and productive discussion, I intend to publish a version of the daily log Ive kept as ORI Director in order to share my experience and observations with my colleagues in government and with members of the regulated research community”
You’ve got that right!
” - - - Kohs office had a seriously flawed culture, calling it secretive, autocratic and unaccountable.
This is the REAL Obama!
I’m amazed there even is an **Office of Research Integrity *** within the Dept of HHS; which begs the question...”what have you been doing since 2008??”
“.........Ive been admonished: ‘Dave, you are a visionary leader but what we need here are team players.’”
IOW the Democrat team Dave. Another brick in the wall Dave, or you will find yourself out on the street with a tin cup, and we’ll tax that Dave.
This is a code title for "Office of Research Conformity". The word integrity is used to mask the intent.
HERE YOU GO...
Dr. Howard Koh, M.D.
Assistant Secretary for Health
I am writing to resign my position as Director, Office of Research Integrity, ORI/OASH/DHHS
This has been at once the best and worst job Ive ever had. The best part of it has been the opportunity to lead ORI intellectually and professionally in helping research institutions better handle allegations of research misconduct, provide in-service training for institutional Research Integrity Officers (RIOs), and develop programming to promote the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).
Working with members of the research community, particularly RIOs, and the brilliant scientist-investigators in ORI has been one of the great pleasures of my long career. Unfortunately, and to my great surprise, it turned out to be only about 35% of the job.
The rest of my role as ORI Director has been the very worst job I have ever had and it occupies up to 65% of my time. That part of the job is spent navigating the remarkably dysfunctional HHS bureaucracy to secure resources and, yes, get permission for ORI to serve the research community. I knew coming into this job about the bureaucratic limitations of the federal government, but I had no idea how stifling it would be. What I was able to do in a day or two as an academic administrator takes weeks or months in the federal government, our precinct of which is OASH.
I believe there are a number of reasons for this. First, whereas in most organizations the front-line agencies that do the actual work, in our case protecting the integrity of millions of dollars of PHS-funded research, command the administrative support services to get the job done. In OASH its the exact opposite. The Op-Divs, as the front-line offices are called, get our budgets and then have to go hat-in-hand to the administrative support people in the immediate office of OASH to spend it, almost item by item. These people who are generally poorly informed about what ORI is and does decide whether our requests are mission critical.
On one occasion, I was invited to give a talk on research integrity and misconduct to a large group of AAAS fellows. I needed to spend $35 to convert some old cassette tapes to CDs for use in the presentation. The immediate office denied my request after a couple of days of noodling. A university did the conversion for me in twenty minutes, and refused payment when I told them it was for an educational purpose.
Second, the organizational culture of OASHs immediate office is seriously flawed, in my opinion. The academic literature over the last twenty-five years on successful organizations highlights several characteristics: transparency, power-sharing or shared decision-making and accountability. If you invert these principles, you have an organization (OASH in this instance), which is secretive, autocratic and unaccountable.
In one instance, by way of illustration, I urgently needed to fill a vacancy for an ORI division director. I asked the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (your deputy) when I could proceed. She said there was a priority list. I asked where ORIs request was on that list. She said the list was secret and that we werent on the top, but we werent on the bottom either. Sixteen months later we still dont have a division director on board.
On another occasion I asked your deputy why you didnt conduct an evaluation by the Op-Divs of the immediate office administrative services to try to improve them. She responded that that had been tried a few years ago and the results were so negative that no further evaluations have been conducted.
Third, there is the nature of the federal bureaucracy itself. The sociologist Max Weber observed in the early 20th century that while bureaucracy is in some instances an optimal organizational mode for a rationalized, industrial society, it has drawbacks. One is that public bureaucracies quit being about serving the public and focus instead on perpetuating themselves. This is exactly my experience with OASH. We spend exorbitant amounts of time in meetings and in generating repetitive and often meaningless data and reports to make our precinct of the bureaucracy look productive. None of this renders the slightest bit of assistance to ORI in handling allegations of misconduct or in promoting the responsible conduct of research. Instead, it sucks away time and resources that we might better use to meet our mission. Since Ive been here Ive been advised by my superiors that I had to make my bosses look good. Ive been admonished: Dave, you are a visionary leader but what we need here are team players. Recently, I was advised that if I wanted to be happy in government service, I had to lower my expectations. The one thing no one in OASH leadership has said to me in two years is how can we help ORI better serve the research community? Not once.
Finally, there is another important organizational question that deserves mention: Is OASH the proper home for a regulatory agency such as ORI? OASH is a collection of important public health offices that have agendas significantly different from the regulatory roles of ORI and OHRP. Youve observed that OASH operates in an intensely political environment. I agree and have observed that in this environment decisions are often made on the basis of political expediency and to obtain favorable optics. There is often a lack of procedural rigor in this environment. I discovered recently, for example, that OASH operates a grievance procedure for employees that has no due process protections of any kind for respondents to those grievances. Indeed, there are no written rules or procedures for the OASH grievance process regarding the rights and responsibilities of respondents. By contrast, agencies such as ORI are bound by regulation to make principled decisions on the basis of clearly articulated procedures that protect the rights of all involved. Our decisions must be supported by the weight of factual evidence. ORIs decisions may be and frequently are tested in court. There are members of the press and the research community who dont believe ORI belongs in an agency such as OASH and I, reluctantly, have come to agree.
In closing, these twenty-six months of service as the Director of ORI have been a remarkable experience. As I wrote earlier in this letter, working with the research community and the remarkable scientist-investigators at ORI has been the best job Ive ever had. As for the rest, Im offended as an American taxpayer that the federal bureaucracyat least the part Ive labored inis so profoundly dysfunctional. Im hardly the first person to have made that discovery, but Im saddened by the fact that there is so little discussion, much less outrage, regarding the problem. To promote healthy and productive discussion, I intend to publish a version of the daily log Ive kept as ORI Director in order to share my experience and observations with my colleagues in government and with members of the regulated research community.
I plan to work through Tuesday March 4, 2014 and then use vacation or sick days until Thursday March 27 (by which time I will have re-established health care through my university) and then end my federal government service.
Thanks for posting entire letter.
“Im offended as an American taxpayer that the federal bureaucracyat least the part Ive labored inis so profoundly dysfunctional. Im hardly the first person to have made that discovery, but Im saddened by the fact that there is so little discussion, much less outrage, regarding the problem.”
it was somewhat comical that he’s foregoing resigning until his healthcare plan through his university kicks back in. Imagine a HHS employee afraid of Obama Care.
A liberal academic twit mugged by the reality of the government machine he helped to create.
Now I’m sure he is “bright”, but he thinks everything should run his way. That’s why his pending revelations from his log will be as dry and incomprehensible as a sand painting in high wind.
Attn. Mr. Wright:
Thanks so much for your kind letter. Your IRS AUDIT notice is in the mail!
The FBI and “Just Us” Dept. will be wanting to search your computers at home also.
He should google Andrew Breitbart and Tom Clancy
Man- didnt you get briefed that ACA never was supposed to work???His work didn't have anything to do with the ACA.
Good, nobody elected you a Dictator of our Health. Screw you and the whole mess. Another useless alphabet that needs to be run by states if the voters want it.The ORI is supposed to be a check on people doing fraud science, preventing them from receiving scientific funding from federal funds. If we want that nixed, we'll need to go ahead and nix all federal funding of science. I'd be behind that. It should all be done private or not at all.
From his letter: "Since Ive been here Ive been advised by my superiors that I had 'to make my bosses look good.' Ive been admonished: 'Dave, you are a visionary leader but what we need here are team players.'"Heh. It's good to know that government is no different from any workplace I've been employed at.
You are right - I should have said DHHS was never supposed to work - it’s all a royal mess - I wish more of the bureaucrats with a conscience would do the same.
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