DHS Secretary Nominated, Leadership in Disarray

Fiercehomelandsecurity is reporting the President has nominated Jeh Johnson, formerly the Defense Department’s general counsel, to serve as the next homeland security secretary. Undoubtedly the department needs leadership. Currently the Department has an acting Secretary, acting Deputy Secretary, and acting Inspector General.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and nominee for DHS Deputy Secretary is already under fire, reportedly being investigated by the department Inspector General for helping a prominent politician secure investor visas.

Fiercehomelandsecurity also reports that the Deputy Inspector General Charles Edwards was questioned by letter from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.)–the chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on financial and contracting oversight, regarding accusations of abuse of power and nepotism. Edwards currently heads the IG staff, as the IG position has long been vacant.

I have to say I am disappointed the President did not choose someone with a more operationally oriented background.

8 thoughts on “DHS Secretary Nominated, Leadership in Disarray

  1. I’ve not met Mr. Johnson personally, but people I know who have speak well of him. In his last public speech while serving at DOD, Johnson pointedly warned that ongoing, open-ended warfare against terrorism must not be the “new normal” – which makes him pleasantly unique amongst senior US officials. We can’t keep fighting a WOT forever.

    Of course, what the President should have done was announce his intent to disestablish DHS. Its creation was a panicked over-reaction to the events of 9/11, it owes its continued existence to an exaggerated assessment of the threat of terrorism, and is responsible for some of the least cost-effective spending in the U.S. government, as exemplified by the TSA, which has, in its short history, managed to unseat the IRS as the most disliked agency in the entire Federal government.

    • I didn’t want Admiral Allen to be Secretary because his intent and motivations are compromised by his priorities being out of whack. He is ego, self interest, contractor and legacy first. Not country and service member first. However from an experience POV he was obviously extremely qualified. I would rather have the right ethical and professional intentions than not. Having said that though isn’t there someone who has both? Some CG ex-Admiral who wasn’t a good ole boy? Heck the Navy has been cleaning house for a while now. Isn’t there someone there who could do the job well?

      • How about Mike Dekort? LOL!

        Why are you still here, I thought you lost your case. So much for all your wild accusations against the Coast Guard and the contractors.

      • We settled on the C4ISR part of the case for which the CG was compensated by the contractors. To date no other person or organization has recovered any money for the CG due to the 123 fiasco. We were dismissed on the hulls due to relator jurisdictional issues not any of the merits of our claim.

        Was your statement a comment in support of Thad Allen?

      • ADM Allen is a great American and and exceptional Coastie. Unlike you who couldn’t hack being in the military and ended up getting out and being unemployed.

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