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.