Threshold Identified

For those of us wondering what it would take for a government employee to get fired, we’re getting an inkling:

Two top civilian officials from Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency have resigned over the sending of a false incoming missile alert.

The 13 January message led to widespread panic and the authorities took 38 minutes to correct it.

The official whose identity remains unknown, was temporarily reassigned after the incident, but has now been fired from the agency by state officials.

The FCC said the employee had so far refused to cooperate with investigators beyond submitting a written statement.

A state report also released on Tuesday said the employee had a record of “poor performance” on the job.

Reports say he had been a source of concern for colleagues for 10 years, having confused emergency drills with real life incidents on at least two occasions.

So anything short of repeatedly confusing emergency drills with actual missile attacks will be casually overlooked, and even then you might just find yourself temporarily reassigned.

That said, I’m not convinced large corporations are much different. Being off-message or insufficiently compliant will get you hounded out far quicker than mind-boggling incompetence. There are enough examples of that kicking about.

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17 thoughts on “Threshold Identified

  1. So many questions: who is he? Is he a he? Is he an agent for Russia, China, BLM,……? A drunk, a dope addict, just a bit bonkers, the son of an important state politician, …? Or just a pathetic incompetent of no other striking characteristics?

  2. “Being off-message or insufficiently compliant will get you hounded out far quicker than mind-boggling incompetence.”

    What’s the betting that Mr. Confused is gay, trans, disabled, or a person of colour? They are not called “protected characteristics” for nothing.

  3. So many questions: who is he?

    The US government hasn’t seen fit to tell us anything about a chap who fired hundreds of rounds into a crowd in Las Vegas yet, and the media are utterly uninterested in asking questions and finding out. Why you’d think they’d bother telling us who this clot is, I don’t know.

  4. I aint buying it either.

    Are we supposed to believe that a warning like this can be made by a single individual with no cross check and even it were, are we then supposed to believe that it took a whole department over half an hour to withdraw it. And then we just have to put it all down to coincidence that there had been all kinds of threats made in recent times that Rocket Man was about to launch one at them.

    In other news I see that the Doomsday Clock has moved forward to two minutes before midnight, the closets to Doomsday since the height of the Cold War.

    Be afraid ladies and gents, be very afraid.

  5. There was a woman in a department I worked with who was scruffy, smelly, tardy, had difficulty getting assignments done on time and was an alcoholic. Her nickname was Fireproof.
    This was a USA company and the senior vp would start the monthly meeting with a count of the percentage of women, blacks andr Asians on staff.

  6. I read this today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42881077

    A librarian was jailed for eight months at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court after being found guilty of two counts of theft and perverting the course of justice.

    Macregor, of Hirwaun, stole hundreds of books from Pontypridd Library in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

    Since being sacked by the library service, Macregor had found a new job at Public Health Wales, she said.

  7. “Why you’d think they’d bother telling us who this clot is, I don’t know.” Because he’s probably not an FBI man?

  8. Because he’s probably not an FBI man?

    Why do you say that? His CV would suggest he’s a high flyer in that organisation!

  9. It’s so hard to know what to believe.

    Indeed, but there is one thing I’m confident of: the public is being fed a whole load of bullshit.

  10. A librarian was jailed for eight months at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court after being found guilty of two counts of theft and perverting the course of justice.

    Heh! It’s a pity no journalist was around to ask “Do you have libraries in Wales?”

  11. The Reg is nicely sarcastic – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/31/hawaii_ema_missile_alert_fired/

    partial quote (but read the whole thing):

    In the case of Hawaii’s EMA, they faced a rather sticky situation: they had accidentally sent a phone alert to more than one million people telling them they would shortly die in a military attack, perhaps perishing in the radiant glow of a detonating thermonuclear device.

    Not a great situation to be in, but one where clear thinking is essential to prevent things from getting worse.

    So what’s the first thing you should do? That’s right: hand the problem to someone else.

    Ass protection
    The key to protecting your ass is to immediately inform the most important person you can quickly access outside of your department. It then becomes their problem.

    So it was with EMA – the first call went to Hawaii’s governor. The call went something like this.

    “Hi Governor Ige, this is Bob from the Emergency Management Agency, we have a bit of an urgent situation.”

    “Hi Bob, what seems to be the problem?”

    “Well, we just texted everyone a message that turns out not to be true.”

    “Everyone?”

    “Yes, roughly one million people.”

    “Oh wow, ok, what did the message say?”

    “Let me see… it said BALLISTIC MISSILE…”

    “Sorry, do you mind not shouting?”

    “Yes, sorry, it said: ‘Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.'”

    “Oh I see. Not a drill, huh. WAIT… WHAT?!”

    “Key takeaway here is: there is no missile. Anyway, lovely talking, David. All the best.”
    etc.

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