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 that have proliferated in Washington since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The department’s terrorism intelligence arm, for example, has cycled through six directors during the Obama administration, decimating morale and contributing to months-long delays in releasing intelligence reports, according to interviews and government reports.
A parade of high-level departures, on top of other factors, has meanwhile helped slow the rollout of key cybersecurity initiatives, including a program aimed at blocking malicious software before it can infiltrate civilian government computers, former officials say.
With the country facing a crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwest border in recent months, the pair of DHS agencies responsible for tackling this problem have been hindered by turnover of top officials. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for instance, has had six commissioners under President Obama, four of them in a caretaker role because they were not confirmed by the Senate.
And at the Transportation Security Administration, a DHS agency created after 9/11 to enhance airport security, the hemorrhaging of both senior and junior personnel has “had a tremendous effect,’’ said Kenneth Kasprisin, a former acting TSA head who left the agency in May.
I believe it. It happened to me while working for a government agency dealing with juveniles. The corruption and the morale were horrendous.
Government inefficiency, ineptitude is apparent when competent people discover working there is little more than paper pushing. The ones that stay, the incompetent, lazy, unable to get a job outside the typical bureaucratic government, will have stay in the job until they DIE!.
The TSA has been little more than a joke, since its inception. Inconveniencing air travelers, without any effective programs or actions. Visiting an a airport shows a large number of uniformed TSA agents, standing around like ants, doing nothing. But, at peak periods, there is inadequate staffing resulting in long wait times.
The schedules of departing and arriving flights is CLEARLY KNOWN, but the brilliant TSA organization, apparently cannot conceive of scheduling staff to match demand!
THE PURPOSE OF THE DHS......WAS AND IS TO BE USED AS BARACK OBASTARDS' PRIVATE ARMY TO BE USED AGAINST AMERICANS AFTER OBASTARD DECLARES MARTIAL LAW !!!!!!....AND BEGINS THE ROUND-UP , ARREST AND INCARCERATION/INTERNMENT OF AMERICANS INTO FEMA CAMPS !!!!!....WHY DO YOU THINK OBASTARD HAS BEEN "MILITARIZING AND ARMING ALL GOV'T AGENCIES AND POLICE DEPT'S ALL OVER AMERICA !!!!!!.......WHY DID DHS BUY "BILLIONS OF ROUNDS OF HOLLOW POINT AMMO" WHY WERE FEMA CAMPS BUILT ALL OVER AMERICA !!!!!!!.......WAKE UP PEOPLE !!!!!...THE OVERTHROW OF AMERICA IS ALREADY HAPPENING !!!!!!!!!111....AND OBASTARD CONTINUES TO DESTROY OUR MILITARY WITH ONGING "PURGES/FIRINGS" OF GOOD GENERALS AND REPLACING THEM WITH HIS ANTI-AMERICAN "STOOGES/LAP DOGS/FLUNKIES" !!!!!!.......AND NOW HE'S SENDING OUR TROOPS TO AFRICA TO BE INFECTED WITH EBOLA VIRUS SO THAT THEY CAN BRING THE DISEASE BACK TO AMERICA SO AS TO CAUSE A "PANDEMIC"....THEN OBASTARD CAN DECLARE MARTIAL LAW AND ATTEMPT TO USURP TOTAL AND COMPLETE POWER IN AMERICA--- AND A CORRUPT/LAWLESS AND COMPLICIT CONGRESS IS LETTING IT ALL HAPPEN !!!!!!!!!1
Amen! Ditto! You Betcha', in my opinion you are correct. Premature, but forward thinking! "But, it does not effect me!' "Some one else will do it!" And this to will pass! Bumper Stickers have all the answers to Social Ills!
No wonder I don't trust or respect the Federal government. They are the most un-altruistic entity I know of except maybe ISIS.
President Bush created the Dept. of Homeland Security for one reason, to act as a mediator between the FBI and the CIA, seems the two agencies refused to work together and share information, so Bush created the DHS. Yes they were intended to be a bunch of paper pushers.
Obama uses it ,like most government agencies, to place his pals to reward them for their services to him while campaigning. They have no experience in Security, but when did that ever stop Obama. His administration doesn't want anyone who might think for them selves, take your orders from Valerie Jarrett and shut up.
I can't remember the government website I was looking at several years ago but this website listed, from best to worst, the government agencies that had the best/worst working environment with emphasis on morale, Border Protection / ICE were (are) all the way at the bottom, the absolute worst agencies to work for.
Corrupt Socialists like Obama & the Democrats use this Federal Program to bypass other agencies and use as a weapon to ignore protecting the border & homeland! This agency needs to be disbanded along with many others. WON'T happen under the Democrats in Power.
The Rats are jumping a sinking ship. I love it when liberals start leaving the biggest rat of them all.and we all know who that is.
The lies and corruption make working for any government agency something most people can NOT stomach. Never will. They exist to do wrong and they continue to do so.