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September 21, 2014

Washington Post piece examines DHS employee turnover

Filed under: DHS News,General Homeland Security — by Christian Beckner on September 21, 2014

The Washington Post has released a new story this evening looking in-depth at the issue of DHS turnover.    It’s a must read for regular readers of this blog and for former and current employees of DHS.   I’ve quickly typed out and posted some initial reactions to the piece at the new blog that we’ve started at the GWU Homeland Security Policy Institute; you can find my comments on it here.

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6 Comments »

Comment by Rubin, claire

September 22, 2014 @ 5:59 am

Interesting posting. I have reblogged it at RecoveryDiva.com

Comment by One of those who is leaving

September 22, 2014 @ 6:47 am

Christian,

You are correct on all fronts. It’s why I can’t leave soon enough.

But this was not just an inherited problem for present DHS leadership. I saw a very senior agency leader within DHS address a large group of employees, with very senior DHS leadership standing right next to them, say they “didn’t care about morale. As long people had the right tools, everything would work out.” That’s almost a direct quote. And nothing was ever done to correct that statement. At least they were honest. I guess that is something.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 22, 2014 @ 8:43 am

Imagine with all the millions and millions of US taxpayer dollars taken from the hard working American family obviously squandered on a DHS agency where we so very much rely on expertise and competent management, despite the bureaucracy we see being politicized rather than energized and proponents of nationalism and the importance of the work We The People have “entrusted” in such disappointedly failed leadership –

You fellas keep up the spirit and commitment We thank you daily despite the felons DHS senior management allowed to walk our streets and fails to demand that our southern border be closed and present immigration laws be enforced while gentlemen and ladies, I strive to wake up someone in Washington for the need to support the Kurdish nation under siege, being fired upon by long range weapons, 5,000 of God’s children now at risk of being brutalized, the same Kurdish people who have always supported the United States and we allow our own perverse and biased WH administration and this eight year resident of the White House to utilize his position to weaken our nation in every way while empowering those who seek to encroach upon everyone else and commit dastardly deed against the innocent….

You, each and every one of you who are truly committed to DHS and our nation, you can make a difference (www.bigdiglifevest.com) as one individual with passion and commitment to what is Right, what is ethical, well, you can make a difference and join together and force changes within DHS and seek our support in your efforts….

For now, the Kurdish nation is truly being battered and as truly loyalists to America in the past, where are our weapons and military strength to be left in teh hands of those seeking brutality against another in arms we left back in Iraq or are we to commit to the Kurdish nation which deserves our full support?

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 22, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

Washington is filled with those doing policy and those doing operations? These are two very different cultures seldom bridged. Fish or foul? What is DHS?

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 24, 2014 @ 10:09 am

IMO most of the DHS appointees spend their time worrying over their next job not their current one.

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October 2, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

[…] The time and dollars to coach managers and executives with poor people skills is far less costly than replacing them; knowing how to wisely and effectively confront them will help you do so, and avoid costly manager and employee turnover. […]

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