buck-passing

Related to buck-passing: the buck stops here

buck-pass·ing

(bŭk′păs′ĭng)
n. Informal
The shifting of responsibility or blame to another: "smothered in avalanches of recriminations and orgies of buck-passing" (Forbes).

[buck (from a poker player's passing the marker, or buck, to the next player when not wanting to deal).]

buck′-pass′er n.
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Neither will blaming local authorities, both Tory and Labour, for a shortage of new homes being built - that is buck-passing on a breathtaking scale.
It condemned the buck-passing between the police and the military over the abduction, saying it was an indication that something was seriously wrong.
As far as I'm concerned it's another example of playing the blame game and buck-passing.
The messy complexities of drone warfare trigger command decisions, moral crises, collateral damage and cover-your-backside buck-passing in "Eye in the Sky," a rivetingly suspenseful drama that deftly intertwines elements of ticking-clock thriller and tragic farce.
We haven't got the time or energy to discuss the scheming, buck-passing, misleading and plain ignorance that has got FIFA in this mess in the first place.
All these problems--data leakage, buck-passing, inadequate interagency consultation and data sharing, will all be greatly facilitated by the mismatch of CRC geographical areas and those of other agencies, including local authority social services, police and notably the NPS.
Yang Zhanqing, who has worked for a non-governmental organization in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, for the past four years, said he has witnessed progress in information disclosure but he still feels frustrated by buck-passing by some government departments.
It's time to end the buck-passing and blame game, where college leaders blame high schools for sending ill-prepared students, high school principals blame the elementary schools, elementary school principals blame the preschool programs, and preschool teachers blame the parents.
The second part includes vigilance, procrastination, hypervigilance and buck-passing decision-making styles and is composed of 22 items (Deniz, 2004).
Cuison took screen captures of the replies and put them together in one sneering image to highlight the obvious buck-passing.
The Inverness skipper blames buck-passing and constant upheaval for a spate of troubles last term.
There is something very wrong with a country when it cannot rescue some of its citizens from a 10-by-25 metre section of rubble in a shopping mall because of incompetence, paperwork, buck-passing, insurance costs, labour regulations and lack of inspiration.