Today’s Washington Post detailed the inner workings of Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s “bullpen” office, where transparency is the priority and paper is a quaint notion. As the Post reported, there’s nothing on Fenty’s desk—-not a sheet of paper or even a pencil—-because he leaves the paper-pushing to his aides or lackeys or interns or whomever, and can’t be bothered to deal with the stuff himself.
But I don’t know. Why rely on silly things like human memories when you can rely on more tangible (and dare I say, more accurate) things like memorandums? Why depend so heavily on your chief of staff when you can look into your inbox and find your chief of staff’s paper trail?
What do you think? Is this bullpen thing just a gimmick? Do you really see this improving staff efficiency?