Gov department data sharing as an employment problem
I was talking to a friend last night about the different gears of civil servants. There is the appointee/elected official who is brought in for an agenda and can take the brunt of it if all goes poorly. Then there is the career civil servant who when taking a risk, only faces threats rather than rewards.
A new project goes well, the appointee gets a press release and their opportunistic attitude gets them to the next rung in their journey. A project fails, they finish the term and jump to another rung.
The career public employee, when a project goes poorly, can only be held liable. A good job doesn't give them a pay raise or a high five. A bad job gets them a lawsuit.
When we were talking about data sharing between agencies and their resistance to doing so, it made me think there was a protectionist attitude because the managers/employees wanted to seek stability for their own department. Stability is why they're career civil servants.
So I'm wondering if actually the best way to improve data sharing is to show employment transition plans. What is the new world that comes from data sharing, what jobs change, and how do people transition from one to another. If data sharing doesn't come with a mindfulness for how employment/management/departments shift, you're stuck before you start.