Hillary Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State have cost her dearly in the polls as voters now view her as untrustworthy for her shifting explanations of her conduct but her predicament is more about a failure of leadership while she had the top job at State. A leader must observe those around her closely and tailor her actions to reflect their concerns, otherwise no one will follow. By ignoring what federal employees go through every day with regard to email management, Secretary Clinton violated this fundamental tenet of leadership.
The revelation that the data lost by the Office of Personnel Management in hacking incidents last year included most background check forms on federal employees since 2000 demonstrates how ill-equipped government is to operate in a world that requires expertise in technology and the ability to manage effectively. For anyone who has been a federal employee, the revelations of OPM’s failure to safeguard its data and its incredibly slow response to this data breach come as no surprise.
About Norm Champ
Norm Champ is the former Director of the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP Investment Funds Group as a partner in February 2016. Mr. Champ is also a lecturer on investment management at Harvard Law School. He coined the term Compliance Calculus, a methodology financial services firms can use when developing their compliance programs. Before joining the SEC in 2010, Mr. Champ was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Chilton Investment Company, an investment adviser to long/short equity hedge funds and managed accounts. Mr. Champ has an A.B., summa cum laude, in History from Princeton University and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He was a Fulbright Scholar at King’s College London where he received his M.A. in War Studies. Prior to joining Chilton in 1999, Mr. Champ was with the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Read More