March 22, 2010

The Most Depressing Statistic of the Week

Most everyone agrees the Presidential Management Fellowship is one of the federal government's best programs, as it allows smart young Americans fresh out of graduate school a pathway to service in the federal government. Many current or former Presidential Management Fellows read this blog, and they do great things for the tax-payer and the war-fighter on a daily basis. So this blog post is not intended to attack the program or its graduates. But the federal government selected 869 finalists for the PMF this year, and just ten (10) are engineers. Ten.

The next time you wonder why our infrastructure is falling apart, or why we cannot effectively oversee defense contracts for large weapons systems, remember that fact.

(By contrast, of course, my officemate has an organization chart on the wall depicting China's government. The president, premier and eight of the nine members of the Politburo Standing Committee are engineers. Just sayin'.)

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