The minority staff of the House Homeland Security Committee released a chart last week that shows the extent of senior-level vacancies at the Department of Homeland Security:
The red bubbles on the org chart are agencies that have either a vacancy at the top of the office or a preponderance of vacancies in the next tier of leadership.
These vacancies are troubling, especially the ones at the second tier of leadership in agencies like TSA, FEMA, and ICE, which have a plethora of interim and acting appointees. The practical effect of leaving so many slots unfilled is that inertia sets in, and important agency initiatives stall. If this were the Department of Agriculture or Labor, then that would be no big deal; but DHS can’t afford these unnecessary delays, given the many critical priorities that it needs to address without delay.