Maybe it was Tom Ridge who did a helluva job

Round Two in the Washington Post’s devastating profile of the Department of Homeland Security

The WaPo has a second slice of what looks to be a dynamite profile of the disaster that is the Department of Homeland Security. Michael Grunwald and Susan Glasser claim that FEMA’s feckless response to Katrina resulted as much from bureaucratic battles Helluva Job Brownie had earlier lost with his superiors at DHS as from his own operational incompetence.

If I were teaching a course on bureaucracy, I’d think about using this series as the opening reading.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: