August 17, 2017, 5:52 pm
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Of imbeciles, budgets, freedom of speech

THE viewing public was treated to a dressing down of a head executive assistant by members of the House of Representatives, led by majority floor leader Rudy Fariñas. I was quite surprised in the beginning why ranking members of the Lower House would devote time during a congressional hearing to interrogate a head executive assistant (unless he or she is the subject of the probe, of course) until the crux of the matter revealed itself: she had called Speaker Bebot Alvarez an “imbecile” on Facebook. Apparently, Mandy Anderson felt so strongly against Alvarez threatening to abolish the Court of Appeals that she called him an “imbecile” and questioned the ability of 200+ members of Congress to pick their leader.

Of course, nothing raises the hackles of our friends in Congress than disrespect towards their own, which explains the close to twenty minutes of airtime spent putting Anderson on a spit and grilling her. But we’ll get to that later. HEAs, or head executive assistants, typically have the unique trait of blending in the background. Most of them go unnoticed, choosing to do their work in the background to support their principals. Woe the staff member whose behavior causes a problem for the principal, whose fate will inevitably hang in the balance especially if the offended party wields some power to obstruct your agency’s budget.

Being a staffer is a unique position: you are expected to serve your principal to the best of your abilities, without drawing attention to yourself in any way. After all, some bosses do take offense at being overshadowed by staff. Those in the background endeavor to stay in the background, as unnecessary public attention may jeopardize the work being done by your office in so many ways. While many may view this as an infringement on the freedom of speech, it is an unwritten rule among veteran staffers that your personal opinions take a backseat to the work at hand. This particular tradition has become increasingly challenging in the age of social media, where the lines between personal and official become more blurred every day.

Working in government does not preclude one from having an opinion on politics, and in the case of Anderson, netizens have cheered her on to continue speaking truth to power. I agree with Rep. Fariñas though that the right must be balanced with the corresponding obligation under the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees relative to professionalism. To be clear, Anderson’s right to express her displeasure at Alvarez’s threat to abolish the Court of Appeals is set on firm ground; however, as a consultant to the Commissioner of Customs, it would have been prudent to express this displeasure in a manner that would not prejudice her work or that of her principal. It’s budget season once again, where legislators can and will not hesitate to hold your agency’s budget hostage at the slightest provocation, warranted or not.

Imagine a situation where your entire agency has slaved away for months to prepare for your budget hearing in Congress, only to be sidelined by personal grudges such as the imbecile incident. Choices have to be made consciously, and most do opt to keep quiet on social media rather than jeopardize the work, or worse, be the cause of delaying progress.

Similarly, the fact that more politicians seem to be in the habit of cussing out their enemies in the public sphere should not make us cheer for those who share our opinions who employ the same tactic, if only to act as a foil against those who belong on the other side of our beliefs.

There is an emerging back story to the entire grilling of Anderson, which may probably explain the attention the lady received from our legislators. She had apparently denied the “recommendation” of Speaker Alvarez for the promotion of a certain Customs employee due to lack of qualification. Something tells me we haven’t seen the end of it, yet. We’ve yet to see if Anderson will survive this fiasco, considering that the daughter of the man she called an imbecile is a ranking official of the Department of Finance, which exercises supervision over the Bureau of Customs.

The Anderson episode should also serve as a reminder to public officials about the nature of the beast that is social media. Whatever you put out there, whether your settings are private or public, is out for the entire internet to see. You see this emerging trend in the private sector where interviewers, headhunters and HR people go through the social media accounts of applicants to get a sense of their behavior online. While an odd post may deny an applicant the opportunity to work for a prospective employer, the damage can be much greater to government employees working in politically sensitive positions.

I know what you’re probably thinking: working in government comes with strings attached, many that you may not be amenable to accepting. You’re probably correct, which is why anyone who comes to me for advice when it comes to giving up a cushy spot in the private sector to work in government always gets this bit of advice: one must believe in the work that your principal wants to do, otherwise it is just not worth the potential aggravation.
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