- “The city relied excessively on outside consultants and failed to adequately monitor progress.” Simply setting things in motion without proper follow up and metrics is Abdication.
- Whatever follow ups and measurements that were in place may not have been on an appropriate schedule – Abdication.
- “An inordinate amount of time” on paperwork “detracted from the ability of staff” to do their jobs. Having ineffective reports and paperwork amounts to Abdication with a false sense of security.
Abdication cost New York City more than $700 million for one project. How much could abdication cost you? New York City’s Department of Investigations (DOI) released a report late last week about the $1.3 billion (original estimate) project to overhaul the NYC 911 emergency dispatch system. The report, which is highly critical of the administration of former mayor Michael Bloomberg, contains the following sentence: “Bluntly, the most senior members of the administration simply failed to pay attention.” Further, DOI Commissioner Mark Peters said the city “paid a huge amount of money to a bunch of contractors and assumed (for a quick laugh regarding assumed see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfvTwv5o1Qs ) they’d get it right … in 2004, we say it’ll cost $1.3 billion and it’ll be done in 2007. In fact, it’s going to cost more than $2 billion, and it’s not going to be done until 2017.” I noticed the following evidence of abdication, rather than effective delegation: