Homeland Security Watch

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August 15, 2006

DHS nominates new chief human capital officer

Filed under: DHS News,Organizational Issues — by Christian Beckner on August 15, 2006

From the White House website today:

The President intends to appoint Marta Brito Pérez, of Maryland, to be Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Pérez currently serves as Associate Director of the Human Capital Leadership & Merit System Accountability Division at the Office of Personnel Management. Prior to this, she served as Director of the Office of Human Resources of Montgomery County Government in Maryland. Earlier in her career, she served as a Manager with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Ms. Pérez received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and her master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

This will be a challenging job to step into, given the administration’s recent losses in court over collective bargaining rights at DHS. Hopefully Ms. Pérez will steer DHS away from this losing battle, and focus on consensus-based ways to motivate and optimize the performance of DHS employees.

Some recent congressional testimony by Ms. Pérez is available here.

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