A recent study found that cheating students are more likely to want government jobs. I live the reality of that fact nearly every time I must deal with refugee resettlement government oversight agencies. In the US the humanitarian refugee program is strangely cloaked in secrecy at the government level; a secrecy that has no other purpose than to shield government agency staff and officials from accountability for their actions. It does nothing to help the refugees or the people and their interests for whom the government agencies supposedly work. An example of this is the State Department’s inspection reports of refugee resettlement agencies (contractors). In March of 2010 I put in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the reports completed from September 1, 2009 to March 1, 2010. In January 2012 the State Department FOIA office sent me six inspection reports supposedly in fulfillment of the request for six months of inspection reports. Yet, in email correspondence of January 20, 2012 with Barbara Day of the PRM’s Office of [Refugee] Admissions she claimed there were 23 inspection reports completed during that time period. I asked the FOIA office where the missing documents were? The FOIA office then did a little trick. They opened a new FOIA case and said to wait. Now, nearly two more years later I am still waiting for the 17 missing reports. What are they trying to hide? Notice how willfully they violate the law – Freedom of Information Act – to keep this public information away from the public. But that goes back to the type of people/personalities that are attracted to government jobs – jobs which have no real customers; customers who can vote with their feet and go elsewhere. I think what a shame it is that we arrive in such a situation when we have had so many Americans sacrifice their lives to oppose tyranny in the name of our country and our Constitution. Barbara Day has asked me to refer people to her who are alleging wrongdoing by resettlement agencies. How do I do that in good faith when she engages in such dishonest and unethical behavior with the FOIA requests? The newspaper article on government workers is found in in the Los Angeles Times:
College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India.
Their results, recently released as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggest that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into government work in the first place.
For instance, “if people have the view that jobs in government are corrupt, people who are honest might not want to get into that system,” said Rema Hanna, an associate professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. To combat that problem, governments may need to find new ways to screen people seeking jobs, she said…
Cheating seemed to be rampant: More than a third of students had scores that fell in the top 1% of the predicted distribution, researchers found. Students who apparently cheated were 6.3% more likely to say they wanted to work in government, the researchers found.
“Overall, we find that dishonest individuals — as measured by the dice task — prefer to enter government service,” wrote Hanna and coauthor Shing-yi Wang, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
They added, “Importantly, we show that cheating on this task is also predictive of fraudulent behaviors by real government officials.”…
Surveying people about corruption also did little to predict whether people were prone to lie in real life, the researchers concluded — a troubling finding for governments that have folded such questions into job screening. Nor did ability seem to make a difference. Read more here