More bureaucratic micromanagement at DHHS

Aldona WosIs anyone else out there starting to get the impression that North Carolina DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos is bit of a…a…how shall I put this?

A control freak?

First, it was the ill-fated dress code edict. Then it was the rather remarkable comment about the “danger” of government transparency.

And now it’s… Signature-gate!

As of next Monday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Servces will apparently have a new, official three-page policy specifying how Department employees will sign their names on emails.

As you can see by clicking here, we are not making this up.

According to the document obtained by NC Policy Watch, as of April 22, DHHS employees must comply with the “DHHS Email Signature policy.” Among other things, the new policy specifies that employees may only “sign” their names in 11 point, black, arial font, with “No logo, No background, No personalized quote or division slogan, No bold or italics font.”

Moreover, “employees who fail to adhere or implement this policy may be subject to personnel actions and procedures at the division/office/facility director’s discretion and in accordance with the North Carolina State Personnel Act.”

Sure is good to see that the conservatives running state government know how to keep their eyes on the important issues and are really clamping down on runaway bureaucracy.

Next up: Another announcement in which the Secretary tells employees that “the beatings will continue until morale improves.”

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Rob Schofield

    April 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    It’s also perhaps worth noting that:

    a) the new signature policy has far more detail than the McCrory/Wos plan to privatize Medicaid, and
    b) The policy itself appears to be written in Times New Roman font rather than Arial.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    April 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    You are really hurting for negative stories on Wos. Sad!

  3. HunterC

    April 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Nothing says radical authoritarian or just plain fascist, quite like, “USE THIS SPECIFIC FONT I’M NOT USING OR YOU’RE FIRED!”

    Insane.

  4. Tam

    April 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

    What? No more Old English font? No one respects tradition any longer.

  5. Kathy B

    April 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Why manage if you can micro manage is my motto

  6. Doug

    April 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Definitely need controls and micromanaging in a program that has historically been as poorly run as the Medicaid program. A lot of corporations and other entities have standards so that they do not get in trouble, offend something, or cover a legal requrement. Similar to a dress code where you can’t wear flip flops, short-shorts, and tube tops to your workplace.

    I am surprised this is presented as something bad, the leftists always want to tell someone what is the best way to say or do something. The prime example is the political correctness that runs rampant where you are not allowed to do anything that may offend or deviate from the accepted script.

  7. Tam

    April 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Following that logic: The Left is forever telling folks what they can do while the Right perpetually tells folks what they can’t do.
    ?

  8. Doug

    April 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Actually the left then does both, you can’t say this word or that word. You can’t exclude someone from this or that. The “can” do is more like “have to do” from what I see. But both sides like to be busy bodies and tell people what to do.