Having been an IOI for more than 20 years, I can honestly say that I know only ONE DIO who is not a "yes-man" and I've worked in more than one division and in more than one office. Just like the SACs and ASACs on the law enforcement side of the house, I know many DIOs who should not be in their positions and are only there because of who they knew (or worse). They have no personal integrity and no ethics. They are quick to tear down employees and rarely, if ever, try to build employees up. It is "do as I say" with no underlying reasons, just because "I am the DIO" and it is "division policy" (which one can never find in writing). They are not fair and unbiased. They are out for themselves and their careers and do not care about the morale of their employees. They are the first to direct field personnel to save money in any way they can and then they schedule a management conference so others in the division can attend a retirement party for a division employee.
I know one DIO who applied for the DAD position and I have to say, he would have been great! He doesn't play the political games and he could provide some consistency to Industry Operations. He has been with ATF for more than 20 years and has served in many different positions. He is fair and ethical. He has personal integrity. He is not a yes-man. Unfortunately, he was not selected for the position. I have concerns about Mr. McCabe, as I know he is eligible to retire. How long will he stick around? When the going gets tough, will ATF end up moving him back to whichever city he wants to retire in so he can do one final year and bid farewell? I hope Mr. McCabe will serve Industry Operations well . . . show some integrity, stop some of the DIOs from running their employees into the ground, hold management accountable for their actions, provide employees with some hope that things will get better in the field.
20 year IOI, The person with the most experience is not always the best selection. Some of those with the most time in are set in their ways and are used to things the way they've been. We would like to see some change . . . some improvement. So we will see how Mr. McCabe does. And let's hope for the best.