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Yesterday, two ministers appointed their directors of Transparency without the minimum requirements for the position

Attention young Argentines who work, study and make merits to have a stable job: for the employer State those merits are worth little.

Every day, with dozens of contracts that can be seen in the Official Gazette, Argentina enshrines the principle of cronyism, militancy or belonging well above background, experience or perseverance. Two cases from yesterday do not fit the requirements, but they are not the only ones.

Two ministers, the Social Development, Juan Zabaleta, and his colleague from Transportation, Alexis Guerrero, were responsible for two resolutions that were published yesterday. Both coincided in the same situation: they appointed as national directors of Transparency two officials who do not meet the conditions required to occupy those seats. In the first case, the deficiency is the lack of a university degree; in the other, the absence of a postgraduate degree in the specialty required by the standard.

The Minister of Social Development, Juan ZabaletaSilvana Colombo

“The corresponding payment of the Level III Executive Function Supplement of the aforementioned Sectoral Collective Labor Agreement is authorized and This transitory appointment is made with exceptional authorization because Mr…. does not meet the minimum requirements established in article 14 of said Agreement”, says the formula with which the merit of thousands of Argentines who could access positions in the Public Administration if the applications were open is squandered on a daily basis”, they say, copied and similar, the two resolutions that name “Mr. Lautaro Aragon in the position of Director of Transparency of the Ministry of Social Development” already Sebastián Malis as director of Access to Information and Transparency of the portfolio led by Guerrera.

Strictly speaking, the exception made with the two officials is nothing more than what happens in a high percentage of appointments that do not meet the requirements which are the basis for accessing the highest categories of the Public Administration.

LA NACION checked only the last week and there are 39 similar appointments distributed throughout the State and reach, among others, the Ministries of Productive Development, Tourism, Culture, Security, Economy, Habitat, as well as the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs, managed by Gustavo Beliz, and various organizations such as Inadi or the Institute National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI).

Transport Minister Alexis Guerrera
Transport Minister Alexis GuerreraTomas Cuesta – THE NATION

Beyond the 39 appointments without merit with which the Government dispatched itself in the last five business days, It is noteworthy that in Social Development and Transportation those who do not meet the minimum conditions for the position will be in charge of the Transparency control of those ministries. Precisely on them depends the control of administrative acts and that the requirements and conditions of each of these movements of the State are met..

Nothing is usually known about what requirements the vast majority of officials appointed under this exception system lack. The employer policy is not interested in basing their decisions too much: they copy the decree that gives them the key to go over the requirements, they change their last name, document and position and it is signed.

“Aragón has experience in public management in the area of ​​transparency, but does not yet have a university degree -Cursing a bachelor’s degree in Political Studies at the National University of General Sarmiento- and that is why his appointment came out through the planned exception procedure. He was secretary of Public Innovation and Open Government of the Municipality of Hurlingham, coordinator of the Federal Laboratory of Public Innovation of the Federal Table of Citizen Participation, drafter of ordinances of Public Hearings and of the project of impersonality of official advertising, among others“, answered sources of the Ministry of Social Development.

Sebastián Malis He is from Buenos Aires, a lawyer and councilor of the town of 9 de Julio for the Renovador Front, Sergio Massa’s space. According to the requirements of article 14, it meets the condition of a university degree, but He does not have a postgraduate degree in the specialty. From the ministry they answered that he does have a record. “Since 2019, she has been advising on the Subte-Data project, which is an information program with open access for the analysis and generation of public policies. based in the subway of the City of Buenos Aires where he works as a legal and implementation advisor for new modes of transport”, they pointed out from the portfolio.

The history of appointments without requirements is a constant. By case, Victoria Gallo Llorente was the creator of Transparency and Accountability Program of the Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity, “whose function will be to guarantee transparency in the public management of all areas of the body, free access to information about the gender and diversity policies that we develop from the Ministry and accountability to citizens.” Llorente was also named without the minimum requirements.

On October 14, 2020, under the reference “As designated Director of Integration of Transparency Policies in Infrastructure”, administrative decision 1855/2020 of the Ministry of Public Works was published, where the graduate in Social Work was appointed to the position Romanela Cristina Conte. The next paragraph reads:This transitory appointment is made with exceptional authorization because the Conte Social Work graduate does not meet the minimum requirements established in article 14 of said Agreement.”

The stone that politics has to overcome to detonate meritocracy and establish political cronyism is the famous article 14 of decree 2098 of 2008, where the Sectorial Collective Labor Agreement of the personnel of the National Public Employment System (Sinep) and the Memorandum of Understanding and its Annex dated September 5, 2008.

The collective agreement establishes requirements to access certain levels of the Public Administration
The collective agreement establishes requirements to access certain levels of the Public AdministrationArchive

This article establishes the necessary conditions to access the different rank levels of the public administration. The legal corpus signed by the then president Cristina Kirchner describes in article 13 the different levels (they go from the highest, which is A, to the lowest, which is F) the tasks that each one of them will have. The one in the upper part of the Administration “includes the personnel designated to carry out functions of planning, advice, organization, management at the executive level and/or control of organizational units or groups or work teams of very considerable responsibility (… )”. The one at the other extreme establishes that it is that “personnel appointed to fulfill functions of a certain diversity and elementary specialization that involve the application of very specific knowledge and skills under very precise routines and instructions or directives.”

Article 14 advances on the minimum requirements for each level. Officials with the position of Director, in general, are level A or B.

Level A requires “University graduate degree corresponding to a career lasting no less than 4 years and the function or position to develop; advanced specialization in the professional fields corresponding to the function or position to be performed, accredited through postgraduate studies or in entities of recognized prestige and academic and/or professional solvency; work experience in the specialty for not less than 6 years after graduation and, finally, “accredited work experience in the management of large-scale or complex work teams for a term of not less than 3 years”.

Level B requires the same, only that the degree can be university or tertiary level with courses lasting no less than 3 years and Work experience corresponding to the function or position to be performed for not less than 6 years. The experience is reduced to three years in the specialty of the position and the one requested in management of work teams is reduced to two years.

Despite the bridge of the exception that the policy built so that their friends, militants or referrals walk quickly, the writing of the article has its explanation. It happens that the vast majority of professionalized public administrations maintain the position of Director for professionals and specialists, not for politicians, for whom they reserve the positions of secretary and undersecretary, as well as minister. In fact, they should be places that are competitive and that are part of the career in Public Administration. But it is known that in Argentina every time there is an election, the winner’s friends rub their hands together. Thus, they have turned the exception into the rule.

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