Tag: bureaucracy

Mar 21, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Gross Incompetence

As the executive director of a small professional association, one of my duties is collecting registration fees for folks to attend our conference. It’s an easy task. I send out registration information, people send me checks, which I then deposit into our bank account. Simple. Our members are all very responsible. Given that a focus of our association is financial management education, as a group they also tend to be…well…a little cheap. That’s good for me because 99 percent take advantage of the early bird discount. Nearly all of our members are faculty, field staff, or graduate students connected with major universities here in the U.S. A tiny percentage–two people–work for a federal government agency that shall remain nameless. They, …