Fiercehomelandsecurity is reporting that the Department (DHS) is initiating a new budget process, that would make it more top down.
DHS is building a process where it will define its mission and objectives, then determine what resources it needs and look across components to avoid overlaps and inefficiencies.
“My impression is that the DHS budget process is too stovepiped,” Johnson told the House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security, during a March 11 hearing.
Johnson, a former general counsel for the Defense Department who took over at DHS in December, said he used the DoD budget process as a model.
Perhaps this is what is needed to make the Department a bit more coherent in its approach to its missions. Perhaps it would be too much to hope for, but perhaps the Department will see that Customs’ Aviation and Marine units largely unnecessarily duplicate Coast Guard assets.
I don’t have any problem with the Department defining mission and objectives or eliminating overlaps and inefficiencies. I do think they might be out of their depth in determining what resources it needs.
The new Secretary comes from the DOD and looks to their process as a model, but DOD is not necessarily the most efficient of organizations. DOD staff over and above the armed services themselves, is grossly inflated and part of the reason is that there is a lot of second guessing of the services expertise by an ever growing civilian bureaucracy, a model DHS cannot afford to duplicate.