Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Failure of Basic Management

The real reason Gilbert Taylor stepped down as New York City’s homelessness commissioner

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

(via City Journal)

Can progressives be trusted to govern effectively? Not unless they do a better job than the de Blasio administration is doing with New York City’s continuing homelessness problem. Gilbert Taylor’s resignation this week as commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services is the latest example of mismanagement in de Blasio’s New York.

At a Tuesday press conference, de Blasio attempted to downplay the significance of Taylor’s departure in bureaucratese. “After we tried a number of changes and reforms, we didn’t feel we were getting as much seamlessness and as much streamlining as we needed,” the mayor said. In reality, Taylor was an administrative disaster as head of an agency with 2,000 employees and a $950 million annual budget. Under Taylor, seasoned DHS employees were quickly replaced with neophyte de Blasio loyalists. The result? Bureaucratic chaos in the form of sloppy paper work, numbers that didn’t match, and documents that went missing.

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