Civil Service Quotes

Quotes tagged as "civil-service" (showing 1-4 of 4)
Robert Aickman
“My dilemma is that of the civil servant. If a civil servant takes an initiative and things go right with it, he cannot, in the nature of his employment, look for much in the way of reward; whereas if his initiative goes wrong, he can expect all kinds of trouble, everything from reprimand to blocked promotion, and a permanent black mark against his name in the files. It is accepted, therefore, that the way to advance in the civil service, or in any field where civil service conditions prevail, is never take an initiative and never to support anyone else's. It is inevitable that this should be so.”
Robert Aickman, The Unsettled Dust

“A healthy agency does not require relevance to the national agenda so much as the APPEARANCE of relevance to the national agenda," Humphrey explained. "It is perhaps the second-most important tool in ensuring continued funding."
"And the most important?"
"A friend on the Appropriations committee.”
Jim Geraghty, The Weed Agency: A Comic Tale of Federal Bureaucracy Without Limits

“...something disturbing has happened over the last few decades. The work of the U.S. Civil Service is the same: serving America. Yet today, although the work is still honorable, it is no longer honored.”
Deborah D. Johnson; Mark E. Wallace

Madeleine K. Albright
“He initiated a campaign to drenare la palude (“drain the swamp”) by firing more than 35,000 civil servants.”
Madeleine K. Albright, Fascism: A Warning