10 Examples Of The Extreme Incompetence That Now Pervades The Federal Government

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Ten - Public DomainThere has always been a substantial level of incompetence at federal agencies, but under the Obama administration incompetence has risen to unprecedented levels.  This year the incompetence of the Secret Service, the Veterans Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the CDC have all made national headlines.  And it is hard to forget how the launch of Obamacare was such a failure that it became a global joke.  We live at a time when our government officials can’t seem to do anything right.  When Americans complain about the government, most of the time they focus on how corrupt and wicked our politicians have become, and that should not be downplayed whatsoever.  But just replacing those politicians is not going to fix what ails our government.  The quality of the workers throughout the government bureaucracy has fallen so dramatically that our federal agencies can no longer be depended upon to perform even the most basic governmental functions competently.  The following are 10 examples of the extreme incompetence that now pervades the federal government…


#1 The Secret Service

Once upon a time, the Secret Service was considered to be one of the finest security organizations in the entire world.  But these days, they seem to be too busy partying and chasing prostitutes around to do their jobs properly.

For instance, multiple intruders have recently been able to cross the White House lawn and walk right into the White House without being stopped by anyone.  Here is just one example

An intruder made his way across the White House lawn and through the building almost to the Obama living quarters before being stopped by a Secret Service officer who was off duty: This chilling news is more than just a kind of melodramatic movie scenario come true.

Next to the military, the Secret Service is probably the most highly regarded institution within the executive branch. Or it was.

Now we learn its agents can’t catch a guy running across the White House lawn; can’t stop the guy at the front door; can’t get to him before he gets to the stairs that lead to the rooms where the president’s daughters sleep.

#2 The Obamacare Website

The launch of Obamacare overall has been a complete and total disaster, but the launch of the Obamacare website in particular was such a dramatic failure that it is hard to put into words.  The Obama administration spent more than 2 billion dollars on healthcare.gov and trumpeted it as the future of healthcare in America, but the website was a technical nightmare.  The following is how one news outlet described it…

Healthcare.gov has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress.

#3 Dropping Weapons To ISIS Terrorists

It is well known that ISIS is using captured U.S. vehicles and weapons to take over vast stretches of territory in Iraq and Syria.

So what do we do?  U.S. planes drop even more weapons into the region to aid in “the fight against ISIS”, but ISIS is ending up with many of those weapons too

At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS, a dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani.

An ISIS-associated YouTube account posted a new video online Tuesday entitled, “Weapons and munitions dropped by American planes and landed in the areas controlled by the Islamic State in Kobani.” The video was also posted on the Twitter account of “a3maq news,” which acts as an unofficial media arm of ISIS. The outfit has previously posted videos of ISIS fighters firing American made Howitzer cannons and seizing marijuana fields in Syria.

ISIS had broadly advertised its acquisition of a broad range of U.S.-made weaponsduring its rampage across Iraq. ISIS videos have showed its fighters driving U.S. tanks, MRAPs, Humvees. There are unconfirmed reports ISIS has stolen three fighter planes from Iraqi bases it conquered.

#4 The Immigration Crisis

The Obama administration has refused to secure our borders and has openly encouraged mass illegal immigration from Central and South America.

As a result, our border patrol is absolutely overwhelmed.  Tens of thousands of women and children are turning themselves over to border patrol agents and asking for asylum.  They expect to be taken care of and given a new life in this country.  As a result, “processing centers” along our southern border are packed to the gills with women and children living in absolutely deplorable conditions as the federal government figures out what to do with them.

#5 The VA Scandal

Under the Obama administration, military veterans have been treated like human garbage.   For years they have been denied the care that they need, and many Americans were absolutely shocked when they learned that countless veterans have died waiting to get an appointment at one of our VA facilities.  Needless to say, this scandal has greatly shaken the confidence that the public has in the Veterans Administration…

The Veterans Administration was viewed favorably by 68 percent of those polled last year. But it too has since been swept up in a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking care and records that were falsified to camouflage the problems. In the CBS poll, just 30 percent rated the VA as doing a good job.

#6 The SEC

Many wonder why the SEC never seems to go after the big Wall Street banks.  Well, perhaps one of the reasons is because many SEC employees have been too busy watching porn all day long

One senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington spent up to eight hours a day accessing Internet porn, according to the report, which has yet to be released. When he filled all the space on his government computer with pornographic images, he downloaded more to CDs and DVDs that accumulated in boxes in his offices.

An SEC accountant attempted to access porn websites 1,800 times in a two-week period and had 600 pornographic images on her computer hard drive.

Another SEC accountant used his SEC-issued computer to upload his own sexually explicit videos onto porn websites he joined.

And another SEC accountant attempted to access porn sites 16,000 times in a single month.

#7 The Environmental Protection Agency

You know that things are bad at your agency when employees have to be told not to poop in the hallways

It appears, however, that a regional office has reached a new low: Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway.

In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned “several incidents” in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the restroom.

Confounded by what to make of this occurrence, EPA management “consulted” with workplace violence “national expert” John Nicoletti, who said that hallway feces is in fact a health and safety risk. He added the behavior was “very dangerous” and the individuals responsible would “probably escalate” their actions.

And just like the SEC, there has been a lot of porn watching going on at the EPA too.  The following is from a recent Washington Post article

In May, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general disclosed that a senior-level employee was caught spending as much as six hours of his day looking at porn. The IG found that the employee had downloaded and viewed more than 7,000 pornographic files. The Justice Department is investigating further for possible prosecution.

Four months later, the employee has not been fired and is still collecting government pay, Environment & Energy Publishing reported last week.

That prompted Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to introduce a bill the day Congress left town to make it a uniform federal government law that employees cannot look at porn at work.


Generally, NASA has been regarded as one of the more competent government agencies.  That is why it is so alarming that a rocket recently exploded just before liftoff at a NASA facility in Virginia

An unmanned commercial rocket headed for the International Space Station to deliver supplies exploded just after launching Tuesday, filling the sky with a massive fireball.

The Antares rocket supplied by contractor Orbital Sciences blew up moments after liftoff at NASA’s space launch facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the space agency said.

The explosion destroyed the rocket and spacecraft and immediately raised questions about the future of NASA’s reliance on private commercial ventures to carry vital payloads into space to supply and support the orbiting space station.

#9 The Federal Reserve

The Federal is NOT a government agency, but it claims such a close relationship with the government that I have added it to this list.

Since the Federal Reserve was initially created, the U.S. dollar has become more than 20 times less valuable, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.

More recently, the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program has been an unmitigated failure.  The Federal Reserve created 3.5 trillion dollars out of thin air and pumped it into the financial system, but all of that money has done next to nothing for the real economy.  The percentage of Americans that are employed is about the same as it was during the depths of the last recession, the homeownership rate in this country has been falling for seven years in a row, and half of all Americans now make less than $28,031 a year.

#10 Ebola

This is the one area where the incompetence of the federal government could be the most dangerous.  Originally we were told by the CDC that Ebola could only be spread by “direct contact” with the bodily fluids of someone else.  But now we have learned that the government believes that Ebola is “aerostable“, and we have also learned that researchers have discovered that Ebola can remain on surfaces for up to 50 days.  If Ebola does start spreading widely in this country, giving people bad information could accelerate the spread of the disease.

And Barack Obama continues to refuse to ban all non-essential air travel between the United States and the nations in West Africa where Ebola is raging out of control.

As far as Obama is concerned, incompetence is the best case scenario.  There is absolutely no excuse for not protecting the American people from what could become the greatest health crisis that any of us have ever seen.  If a major Ebola pandemic does erupt in this country, the blood of countless numbers of Americans could potentially be on his hands.

So what do you think?

Are there other examples of incompetence that you would add to this list?

Please share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

  • Looks like more of a fiction list to me….not big on factual information are we?

    • Beowulf73

      maybe you ought to re-read and look at the links provided for your facts………

    • jaxon64

      which one of these aren’t true?..there is a link to each point on the list–as well as the fact that I live here in Wash DC and can attest that each of these stories have been reported by even the MSM to some degree.
      It’s easy to cover your ears and shout “I don’t believe you, I don’t believe you!!”…but it doesn’t change reality.

    • Cynical Guy42

      Which of these aren’t true? There might be more out there for all we know. I recall hearing a story where NASA screwed up because they were working with a European company that used Metric and NASA was using the US Customary system.

  • Tim

    “The quality of the workers throughout the government bureaucracy has fallen so dramatically that our federal agencies can no longer be depended upon to perform even the most basic governmental functions competently.”

    That’s not true of all government employees, Michael. Did you ever work in the federal government? I worked with many talented, hard-working professionals at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Some of my former coworkers now work in the private sector and are doing very well for themselves. For example, one of my former superiors now works for the PCAOB, and she makes $550,000 a year. She is a brilliant woman. One of my other superiors retired after nearly 40 years of federal service, and he now has a very high position at KPMG making big money. And there are many talented and dedicated people in other agencies of the federal government.

    • jsmith

      Geez! Should these people be making so much money?

      • iris

        p.s. our money. Granted, as Tim says, there are still some good government employees out there, but the report card reflects the general trend.

        • Tim

          Did you read my comment? They’re working in the private sector now. It’s not “our money.”

    • jaxon64

      you seem to be making Michael’s point and not disagreeing. You give examples of brilliant people who have left the government…hence, the quality of govt workers must have fallen since the brilliant and free-thinking professionals you mentioned have left…

      • Tim

        There are still many extremely talented and hard-working professionals in the federal government. I know of many.

        There are many lazy employees in the private sector as well.

    • John Dough

      Ask yourself which of them were hired BC (before Clinton) and which were hired AC, when race and gender trumped qualifications, knowledges, skills and abilities.

    • Blue

      I worked for the federal government and state government. While an employee for the federal government, all appropriations went through the GAO. It is a known fact, if you were to admit it, that when an agency gets their budget for the next year, they want to increase their budget. They do so through absolute destruction of valuable property and waste.
      While working for the state government, I witnessed absolute corruption by senior employees who were pocketing money that did not belong to them. It was theft, plain and simple.
      I know there are dedicated and hardworking employees who work for federal and state governments. Not all are corrupt, but when an honest person sees this corruption, they must move on or they become complicit in the evil. I can liken this to main stream media, who I now call lame stream media. They are misinforming or not reporting facts that make them complicit in the evil.

  • K

    As someone who worked for the Government, for 30 years. When they passed the patriot act, we all started heading for the door. Once your ability to problem solve, and come up with better ways to perform your duty, were the most important qualifications. Now blind obedience seems to be the major qualification. You can imagine what kind of employees that gets you.

    • John Dough

      Another factor that is usually overlooked is that federal civil service employees rise through the ranks in an environment where race and gender trump intelligence and qualifications. Thousands of well qualified people have been passed over by women just because they are women and minorities just because they are minorities. The result is the incompetence we are seeing today.

      • Wow_Who_Would_Think

        The same stereotyping stupidity also shoves women off to the side where they sit day in and day out with nothing to do no matter how much they ask for something to do.

        Nepotism is also an issue where the members of the little club get their spouses into management so that it becomes quite the family affair in some government agencies.

      • Mike Brown

        ….and you have just proven with this ridiculous post that either you are a ignorant, racist buffoon whom has no idea how the Federal hiring and promotion process works…but automatically assumes that a black/brown person is by default not competent to do a job they have been hired for…or you are still but hurt that you got passed over for a minority/woman who was simply better than you.

        • John Dough

          Is that so? You must be a brilliant psychologist to be able to read a single comment and conclude the writer is ignorant, racist and passed over. Either that or you’re just another blowhard, knee-jerk liberal who reads minds.

          Mike, if you think there is no correlation between incompetence in Civil Service and affirmative action, you don’t know quotas from shinola. Even before we elected presidents based on the color of their skin rather than the content of their character, Civil Service was satisfying quotas by disregarding competence. Read the article again (assuming you read it once). It documents increasing incompetence.

          The real “racist buffoons” are those who insist incompetents must be given a shot at the brass ring simply BECAUSE they ARE black/brown.

          Get a life, Mike. If you must analyze people based on a single comment, at least find yourself a comment that’s more current than 7 months old. Nobody is reading this but you and me and I’ve got better things to do. Go analyze why pretending to be black worked so well for Rachel Dolezal and why Elizabeth Warren would falsely claim to be a Native American.

          • Mike Brown

            TL;DR…and I don’t need to be a brilliant psychologist to discern that you are indeed a lying, racist buffoon….I have worked in the Federal Government my entire adult life as both a Fed and a contractor….and what you just described is at best a fever induced fantasy, and at worst a bald-faced lie. I will say it again…you are a liar and a racist. This is not how the federal government operates..with respect to hiring practices….and for you to suggest such implies that you have an axe to grind…Moron.

  • Tim

    Re: #6 and #7

    Why are you singling out federal employees for accessing pornographic sites while on the job? Private sector employees do it, too. In your recent article entitled ” 50 Facts That Show How Far America Has Fallen In This Generation”, you stated the following.

    ” One survey discovered that 25 percent of all employees that have Internet access in the United States visit sex websites while they are at work.”

    • iris

      because they’re working off our dime, and should be held accountable to the fact, more than private sector employees.

    • jaxon64

      Because we’re paying them??? Duh…

  • DJohn1

    What happens to them if they do not do their jobs properly?

    • iris


    • John Dough

      They get performance rewards and promotions.

    • Wow_Who_Would_Think

      Its always relative. If you are a member of the “club”, nothing and you will get a big bonus. If you are liked, nothing but if you are not liked, likely you will loose your job.

  • HumbleAmerican

    The IRS should have made the list. What’s interesting is, nobody is behind bars for all the epic failures that happened. People either retire or just resign, no accountability.

  • Tim

    I neither said nor insinuated that any of Michael’s points were fictitious. Rob. I don’t know how you got that from any of my comments above. Good grief. I swear, some of the readers of this site have the comprehension level of a 1st grader.

    • Rob

      Tim, I know you didn’t say anything was fictitious and in fact that part of my comment was directed to the poster who did. I thought that was obvious but I guess you felt the need to defend yourself from it.

  • iris

    The Law is given to show us God’s perfection and our failure to live up to it, so that we will recognize our need for God, for mercy and grace. Jesus alone, fulfilled the Law, which we can now obey through the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in Him.

    • New Song

      The failure to live up to God’s Law is a result of imperfection, for sure. Nevertheless, as far as The Law being fulfilled, Jesus fulfilled (obeyed) The Law; but he did not negate it.

      The misinterpretation of Matthew 5:17 is a result of the complete denial of Matthew 5:18. Due to that repetitive mistake by many people, we are now enslaved by the prohibited and thus fraudulent legislation of men.


      • iris

        Yes, many times even Christians fail to realize that in our own power, we can never keep the Law fully, as God demands. When we walk in faith in Jesus and not in ourselves, Tony Evans put it well, it’s like a pole vaulter leaning on the stick. God can do in and through us what we never could. And then, as Paul said, “we establish the Law”.

        • New Song

          God established His Law for us and we are supposed to enforce it. Our failure to do so is a sign of our imperfection. Your reply maintains the ambiguity that enslaves the people. Why do christians give a tone to their words to appear
          logical, then twist God’s Words!

          Jesus came 2000 years ago to establish himself as King under
          God’s Law (in The Torah). As you know, his body was killed to keep that from happening (King leading under God). Now, 2000 years later we are provided with exactly what we need to see the whole Truth.


          • iris

            Don’t understand, New Song, how I was being ambiguous, can you be more specific?
            I want to keep the Law, in it’s Spirit, first, because keeping the letter of it without the power and doing of God through me, will kill, but the Spirit of it, gives life, 2Cor. 3:6. Remember that verse in Psalms, “unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it? Like Paul said, (please excuse my paraphrases) “What I want to do, I find myself not doing, what I don’t want to do, I do! Who will deliver me from this body of death?, I thank God, because Jesus keeps His promise to finish what He has started in me”. That’s borrowing from a couple of different epistles, but is in context, imo. I’m not good at Hebrew, but have learned that the root consonants of the word Shalom, are sh,l,m (Romanized spelling) and means literally, paid in full, completely done. God calls us to His peace, translated as Shalom.

  • Wow_Who_Would_Think

    Private companies can also be very dysfunctional, which is why the US gov’t never should have gotten involved and bailed out these failing businesses but should have just let them get bought out by other companies or scattered to the winds. Some other company or companies will step in to fill the void.

  • Graffiti

    Conspiracy…. yikes….