Homeland Security Watch

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May 2, 2006

Final homeland security acquisition regulations published

Filed under: DHS News,Organizational Issues — by Christian Beckner on May 2, 2006

The Federal Register this morning publishes the final Homeland Security Acquisition Regulations, at this link. It includes DHS’s response to the many comments that they received on the interim regulations.

Also on the Federal Register, the newest list of exempted (Schedule C) positions at DHS:

Section 213.3311 Department of Homeland Security

DMG500486 Supervisory Management and Program Analyst to the Executive Secretary. Effective March 8, 2006.
DMGS00491 Confidential Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Effective March 8, 2006.
DMGS00494 Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response. Effective March 14, 2006.
DMGS00489 Deputy Director of Secretarial Briefing Book to the Executive Secretary. Effective Marcy 15, 2006.
DMGS00490 Director of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to the Under Secretary for Preparedness. Effective March 15, 2006.
DMGS00492 Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs to the Director of Legislative Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Effective March 15, 2006.
DMGS00493 Confidential Assistant to the General Counsel. Effective March 22, 2006.
DMGS00497 Deputy Executive Director, Homeland Security Advisory Committees to the Executive Director, Homeland Security Advisory Committees. Effective March 22, 2006.
DMGS00480 Deputy Director of Communications to the Chief of Staff. Effective March 25, 2006.
DMGS00496 Director of Scheduling and Advance to the Chief of Staff. Effective March 25, 2006.
DMGS00468 Public Liaison Officer to the Director of Strategic Communications. Effective March 30, 2006.
DMGS00500 White House Liaison and Advisor to the Chief of Staff. Effective March 30, 2006.

I’ve written before that this high reliance on political postings is going to paralyze DHS the next time that there is a transition in political leadership, in a way that is dangerous to the nation. This is something that Congress needs to address soon. Here’s my solution.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 2, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

Note that at least one of these jobs is an assistant to a postio that no longer exists. What is the actual total of PAS, non-career SES and schedule C jobs in DHS? Anything over 100 is atrocious and indicates a real political dumping ground. Worse, Secretary Chertoff clearly has no say over who gets these jobs. A mandatory postion description and three-year contract subject to termination by a change of political administration would help police the political appointees turnover. Both parties are guilty of feeding at the trough on plum book treasures.

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