HIgh Turnover and Other Big Problems at DHS – 2 sides

From the front page of the Washington Post: Top-level turnover makes it harder for DHS to stay on top of evolving threats. Excerpts:

An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks, according to interviews with current and former officials.

Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database.

The departures are a result of what employees widely describe as a dysfunctional work environment, abysmal morale, and the lure of private security companies paying top dollar ….

NOTES: The Diva got this link from HLSWatch blog. The author of the posting, Christian Beckner, also has some comments of his own in another blog – that of the GWU Homeland Security Institute that are worth reading.

Interesting that FEMA is not mentioned at all in this article. But their executives must be stressed by the overall environment.

UPDATE ON SEPT. 23: Not a surprise that Sec. Johnson would have a reply to this article. Here is his rebuttal in today’s Washington Post.