Teaching Case - The Truth, The Whole Truth ... Or a Reasonable Facsimile?

The Truth, The Whole Truth ... Or a Reasonable Facsimile?


Educator Access
A review copy of this case is available free of charge to educators and trainers. Please create an account or sign in to gain access to this material.

Permission to Reprint
Each purchase of this product entitles the buyer to one digital file and use. If you intend to distribute, teach, or share this item, you must purchase permission for each individual who will be given access. Learn more about purchasing permission to reprint.

  • Product Description

    A career program manager in the "National Space Department" faces a very delicate decision: as the person assigned to write the testimony for his boss for a congressional hearing on a failing program, should he come clean or should he fudge? The system in question has not worked in tests and is approaching a 20 percent cost overrun. The agency has run out of "creative" ways to cover the escalating costs and some congressional staffers are aware of the bad news: this bird is just not going to fly. On the other hand, there is a great deal at stake with this program--the reputations of those who enthusiastically supported it at the start, the many jobs it has created in numerous congressional districts, the hoped-for boost it could give to the national economy at a time of recession. And, of course, there is, conceivably, the outside chance that, with a major infusion of appropriated funds, it might work after all. This case raises the question of where the obligations--moral, ethical, political, personal--of a career public employee lie. What is the "right" thing to do and how should one decide exactly what that is? Nominally, be seen as a routine task.

    Learning Objective:
    The case examines the powerful and complex pressures that can be exerted on a public employee.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: November 01, 2004
    HKS Case Number: 1753.0
    Case Author: Dan H. Fenn
    Faculty Lead: Dan H. Fenn
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 7
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: 2000-2009
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
  • Warranty Information


  • Find Similar Products by Category