The problem with the judicially created and sanctioned doctrine of sovereign immunity is that it can eliminate the need for responsibility and accountability for governmental conduct as it prevents wronged citizens from seeking redress in the form of damages for harm inflicted by unethical governmental officials.
T]he American doctrine of sovereign immunity is indefensible upon both theoretical and pragmatic grounds," writes Clyde Jacobs, calling it "an unfortunate excrescence of a political and legal order which no longer enlists support.
Very briefly, under general administrative law principles, government agencies and their officials are protected from suit by the doctrine of sovereign immunity which shields them from suit in order to ensure that they have the freedom to carry out their mandates, even when those decisions may harm the interests of individuals.
Jackson, supra note 36, at 542 ("As many scholars have concluded, however, the common law doctrine of sovereign immunity was more about the mode for obtaining redress than a ban on redress of injury caused by the sovereign and his agents.
In Thompson, the Supreme Court acknowledged that the very same policy reasons that support a finding that the statute of limitations does not run against the United States are the same supporting the doctrine of sovereign immunity.