Is there a single-word adjective to describe an office functionary who consistently incorrectly refers paperwork onwards to the wrong internal department in his or her organisation because he or she doesn't realise he or she is wrong?
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It would seem that such an "office functionary*" is either untrained, or, if they have been trained and maybe even retrained, incompetent.
This would be (wilfully) ignorant.
1 Lacking knowledge or awareness; uneducated or unsophisticated.
‘In that way, our people can remain ignorant, uneducated and dumb.’
Edit (added definition of willfully ignorant from Wiktionary):
willful ignorance (uncountable)
(idiomatic, law) A decision in bad faith to avoid becoming informed about something so as to avoid having to make undesirable decisions that such information might prompt.
You’ve been given several functional words. Here are a few more colorful ones:
a mindless or stupid person
having the characteristics of a scatterbrain
a person who is unable to concentrate or think clearly
not having knowledge about something : unable to understand something
unable to understand or think clearly
Bemused, bewildered, disoriented and flustered are the past participles of bemuse, bewilder, disorient and fluster, respectively; they are all approximately synonyms for confuse (so the -ed words are all approximately synonyms for confused). Definitions are all from Merriam-Webster.