“Young people, women and pride, so will the new management of the AP” – Corriere.it

from Alessia Cruciani

The president of the School of Administration explains the training plan for managers: “In the state many civil servants work with the same passion as the private sector”

“I’ve always believed in the role of training.” Without this conviction, the jurist Paola Severino, vice-president of Luiss, former Minister of Justice, would not have accepted the position of president of the National School of Administration (Sna). “At Luiss I launched the first chair and the first master’s degree in cybersecurity, convinced that it would have given us enormous possibilities but would also have created legal problems of security, privacy, patent, copyright,” adds the professor. But now it is necessary to transfer the new technological knowledge to Sna, as it is the PNRR itself that imposes an acceleration towards the digital transition, which “can only go through the innovation of the training method. Because now it is a multidisciplinary world, and therefore it is necessary to agglutinate diverse knowledge ”.



So what are the new tasks of the National School of Administration?


“We start from the hiring of a qualified management, implementing it mainly with the course-competition in which we are selected both within the AP, identifying managers with at least five years of experience, and through the acquisition of young people from out of high quality. , whether they have masters or doctorates. They are offered the opportunity to immediately access senior management. But we do not stop here because, after selecting them, we organize a course with one more final selection. In this way, a limit of extraordinary competence will be obtained that could be a great turning point in the Public Administration, but it is our task to also guarantee the continuous training to those who need to renew their competences and to those who they need to insert new ones. , related to digital, simplification, transparency “.

The project is exciting, but doesn’t the enthusiasm then clash with the obstacles of a slow bureaucracy?

“As usual, the awakening of the best must be created. Every time I approached the AP I realized that there are extraordinary people who work with the illusion of considering themselves civil servants, doing a task of public interest, for the state. They look like words but I came across them as Minister of Justice, where I found a passion similar to that of senior management in a private company. We have to start from the top to contaminate everything else cascading. While the Ministry of Public Administration is giving the opportunity to all employees and civil servants to pursue degree studies while working. It is an important mission to be able to create the pride of working in Public Administration as I have seen in my family: my grandfather was an engineer, he could have had a brilliant career in the private sector but he chose to work in civilians. engineering in the municipality of Naples. The other grandfather came from a family of notaries and decided to work at the post office. Rediscovering pride is one of the bases for encouraging young people to join the PA.

Don’t you also need adequate salaries to make your career in public administration attractive?

“A well-deserved young man who now joins the AP leadership can immediately have a relevant salary. For the lower sections, however, the civil service has created a promotion system based on merit: an important incentive compared to those based only on seniority.

The Pnrr also requires qualified training for those in charge of local public bodies.

“In the coming weeks, a decree law is being converted in the Senate that should give Sna the possibility of creating territorial axes where the managers of the region, the municipality, the metropolitan city and the province can have a dialogue. Everyone tells me, “What better idea for them to talk together.” It didn’t seem so innovative to me but it obviously lacked it. A first hub has already been created in Piedmont in the castle of Santena, Cavour’s residence. But we plan to launch summer schools, another model of continuing education: for a few days, officials from different administrations will be able to meet and exchange experiences and receive lessons. A cybersecurity summer school is planned for the first fortnight of July in agreement with the National Cybersecurity Agency.

By the way, it has also just joined the technical-scientific committee of the National Cybersecurity Agency, headed by Roberto Baldoni, with which Sna intends to sign agreements. For what purposes?

“The collaboration will refer to the training of managers needed by the Cybersecurity Agency, which will have to hire about 800 people in two years. But we are also setting up communities of practice with the leadership of the PA and the ACN, which will exchange experiences and where best practices will be analyzed ”.

Will our public administration ever cross national borders?

“Few people know that the Royal Palace of Caserta was the first headquarters of Sna. And here an international debate has just been organized in collaboration with the OECD and the Mediterranean countries. Dealing with training means building bridges between PAs, which is as important as building bridges between multinational companies. I am also commissioning a project to organize an annual meeting with all European public administration schools to make a comparison of ideas.

How to convince more women to approach a digital public administration, where technological and ICT skills are required?

“There is a problem of family education even before school. Families encourage young women to enroll in generalist faculties, such as Literature or Law. But women who enroll in Stem subjects are as successful as men. Prejudices need to be overcome: girls need to achieve what they feel they are capable of and families need to encourage them. Women are usually very well prepared, with a study capacity certainly higher than the average of boys. At Luiss we have agreements with companies that encourage our girls to study Stem aspects of their subjects and then hire the most capable ones. It is essential to create a virtuous circle between universities and companies.

“Artificial intelligence. Politics, economics, law, technology” is the volume edited by you in which you emphasize the extent to which we must anticipate the future with appropriate legislation. What risks do we run?

“The risk of wild data entry into AI robots or machines. And we could make deadly mistakes. A robot judge, for example, is unimaginable. In criminal law, AI’s predictive ability would eliminate the presumption of innocence. The prediction that there are more men killing than women cannot become a criterion for which the man is always guilty.We must be careful how we enter the data: if they are wrong, the results too. man who has to rule the machine and not vice versa.The 1982 episode is known when in the data processing machinery for possible missile attacks a Russian colonel noticed a movement interpreted as the exit of a nuclear warhead of America in Russia It was enough to press a button and the machine would react triggering a nuclear attack in the U.S. Fortunately, the colonel hesitated, marveling at the unexpected attack.When the signal was deciphered, it was understood that it was an interference of the sun and the no Do you want. That is why there is a lot of prudence and a strong need for international regulation.

June 28, 2022 (change on June 28, 2022 | 16:57)

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