The tension between political appointees and civil servants has always influenced the culture of government agencies. But some observers claim the balance is eroding. We look at recent controversies over hiring in the federal government.


  • Charlie Savage Staff Writer, the Boston Globe
  • Carl Fillichio Vice President, Innovation and Public Engagement, Council for Excellence in Government
  • John Fortier Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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