Nation: Tales from the Jungle

No federal agency is without its tales of bureaucracy gone awry. Samples:

The Persecuted Criminal. A Department of Housing and Urban Development field office got 25 names through the Civil Service roster to fill several temporary clerk-typist positions for a year. The office superintendent, a white man, selected seven people (four women and three men) from nine applicants, all of whom were black. One of the rejected applicants, Mr. P., on probation for assault, complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Office that he had been the victim of race and sex discrimination. The...

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