After spending a week in Washington as a newly-appointed federal government employee, I have a greater appreciation for those that go into public service. Yes, the government is not always the most efficient at everything it does and attracts a wide range of employees, but it attracts some brilliant minds as well. Yet, many of the jobs government is tasked to do are incredibly difficult and require an infrastructure and resources that do not exist elsewhere, especially in the 2012 era of big government. My focus is on investor protection while helping to maintain the integrity of the financial markets.
I don’t know if I am in for a lifelong career of service in the public sector, but I am ready to do the best job I possibly can for now. At the same time, I want to insist on a sense of reasonableness and business-mindedness for regulated investment firms, as I will likely one day be again on the other side of the table being regulated by the same agency I work for now. We shall see which side prevails as I hit the field to investigate.