From the WashPost today: DHS morale sinks further despite new leadership at the top, survey shows. Some key points:
While the survey shows that the vast majority of DHS employees are hard-working and dedicated to their mission to protect the homeland, many say the department discourages innovation, treats employees in an arbitrary fashion and fails to recruit skilled personnel. [emphasis added]
Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as for the federal government overall, according to a review of a federal database.
I find it really sad that the organizational home for emergency management at the national level is in a department that is so troubled. So many dedicated and hard-working people want to be part of the EM field but the work environment is not efficient, effective, or supportive.
I try, and urge others to do so to, not to blame FEMA personnel for the organizational and structural disfunction of their employer.