From the Washington Post’s Federal Diary column today:
K. Gregg Prillaman, who has more than 30 years of experience in personnel and management issues, had been tapped to oversee an ambitious revision of pay scales and workplace rules at Homeland Security, which has about 185,000 employees.
His departure is another jolt to the department, which has been coping with turnover in its senior executive ranks. “I was surprised by his resignation,” said Michael Jackson , deputy secretary for Homeland Security. “He had done some good work for us. He just made a decision to make a change, and that was his call.”
Department spokesman Larry Orluskie said Prillaman had no comment on his resignation. “We will pass on the opportunity at this time to do an interview,” Orluskie said.
The article goes on to summarize some of the personnel-related challenges facing DHS at the moment, such as the ongoing DHS lawsuit with federal unions over personnel policies, and the cutting of funds from personnel-related programs such as MaxHR, which was raided to the tune of $15m during the floor amendments on the DHS appropriations bill in the House last Friday. Prillaman had only been on the job for nine months, which suggests that he was frustrated with his ability to move DHS forward on these issues. If that’s the case, then this resignation should serve as a warning sign that these issues require very serious advocacy and attention at the top levels of the Administration.