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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Selecting an FBI Director Part 2

An FBI Director should have all of the minimum qualifications of a Senior Executive Service (SES) government employee. The idea is that a President-appointed executive should have qualifications equal to or greater than those they are supervising.

Do you citizens agree?

"The Senior Executive Service (SES) is a position classification in the civil service of the United States federal government, somewhat analogous to a general officer or flag officer ranks in the U.S. Armed Forces. It was created in 1979 when the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 went into effect under President Jimmy Carter. 
According to the Office of Personnel Management, the SES was designed to be a corps of executives selected for their leadership qualifications, serving in key positions just below the top Presidential appointees as a link between them and the rest of the Federal (civil service) workforce." 

Also, consider this.
"Senior level employees of several agencies are exempt from the SES but have their senior executive positions. These include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Government Accountability Office, Members of the Foreign Service, and government corporations."
This caveat begs the question, for what reason is the FBI different, in this instance? If it is to increase the standard, that may be justified. Otherwise, what is the justification?

If you want to work for the FBI, here is where to start.

In addition to the job tasks, there are these explicit values from the FBI which candidates are expected to embrace.

The core values of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are:

  • Rigorous obedience to the Constitution of the United States
  • Respect for the dignity of all those we protect
  • Compassion
  • Fairness
  • Uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity
  • Accountability by accepting responsibility for our actions and decisions and the consequences of our actions and decisions
  • Leadership, both personal and professional

One value that jumps from the page is "Uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity." Should not that apply to all executives in the Federal Government, beginning with the President?

The management of the FBI is law-intensive and having a law degree with the top academic performance from the best schools in America should be a requirement.

To complete the Qualifications and Capabilities Inventory for FBI Director, I am referring to the following reference from the Congressional Research Service.

"FBI Director: Appointment and Tenure
Vivian S. Chu
Legislative Attorney
Henry B. Hogue
Specialist in American National Government
February 19, 2014"
In Part 3 of this article, I will complete the profile of Qualifications and Capabilities Inventory:

  • Knowledge
  • Skill
  • Experience
  • Proficiency

Why not a woman for a change?

1 comment:

  1. Proposed is that "Uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity" is called into question with President Donald Trump.