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.

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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.

DHS SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN CREATED , THEY ARE USELESS .
IT does not work and never did it should never been created .It is nothing but a Taxpayer draining Joke.Abolish the DHS .

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.

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ALERT ALERT

Hillary Clinton Was Not Formally Under
FBI Investigation At Any Time In 2015-2016

On Tuesday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified in a joint Congressional hearing to the House Oversight and House Judiciary panels about his review of the FBI’s (mis)handling of the Clinton email investigation.

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) came out swinging Tuesday in a a joint hearing held by the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees.

Gowdy ripped into Comey in his opening statement, stating, “we can’t survive with a justice system we don’t trust.”

Investigative journalist Paul Sperry reported Horowitz dropped a bombshell in his testimony.

Horowitz revealed the FBI never named a target or even a subject in the Clinton email probe!

Sperry tweeted: BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. “Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising” for a crim probe

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by the FBI at any time in 2015-2016, tweeted Sperry.

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

“Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising”

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

"Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising"

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: Horowitz revealed that Hillary was never really under formal investigation, never listed by FBI as a "subject" of investigation.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton reacted to this bombshell bias from the FBI.

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

.@RealDonaldTrump is a subject, but Hillary Clinton was never a "subject." Outrageous. Shut the Strzok-Page-Comey-McCabe-Lynch-Yates-Glenn Simpson-Steele-Brennan-Fusion GPS-Muller special counsel "stop @realDonaldTrump" investigation down.

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

tigation’ into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server was a complete sham.

No subjects were named, immunity was handed out like candy and Hillary was exonerated before witnesses were interviewed, including Hillary Clinton herself.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘interview’ with the FBI wasn’t even under oath.

Even more egregious, Hillary discussed pregnancy and babies during the majority of the 2.5 hour FBI interview because one of her lawyers was pregnant at the time.

Inspector General Horowitz also testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.

TEA PARTY TARGET

Targeting Of Tea Party Groups
John McCain’s Staff Director Urged Lois Lerner
And IRS To Engage In “Financially Ruinous”

Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch obtained IRS documents Thursday revealing backstabber Senator John McCain’s former staff director urged the IRS, including the corrupt Lois Lerner to engage in “financially ruinous” targeting of conservative Tea Party groups.

And they did.

The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:

  • Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted
  • At least 5 pro-Israel groups
  • Constitutional groups
  • Groups that criticized Obama administration
  • At least two pro-life groups
  • An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
  • A 180 year-old Baptist paper
  • A Texas voting-rights group
  • A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
  • Conservative activists and businesses
  • At least one conservative Hispanic group
  • IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
  • And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were
  • Conservative

Now this…

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.” Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”

Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.

President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton had this to say about the newly obtained IRS documents showing more proof the agency was weaponized under Obama:

“The Obama IRS scandal is bipartisan – McCain and Democrats who wanted to regulate political speech lost at the Supreme Court, so they sought to use the IRS to harass innocent Americans. The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.”

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.

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McCain minority staff director Henry Kerner to IRS official Lois Lerner and other IRS officials: “the solution is to audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous” (Washington, DC) – Judicial...

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