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Following is a response to an FCW.com poll question that asked, "Should managers joining the proposed Homeland Security Department have to reapply for their jobs?"

The new homeland security agency needs managers who are capable of responding to a crisis on very short notice without regard to established policies and procedures. Therefore, it is critical that the new agency have the flexibility to hire those managers who have the ability to respond under pressure and think outside of the box.

Frank Real, Department of Veterans Affairs

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In most cases, supervisors moving to the new agency would be performing the same duties and have the same or additional responsibilities. It seems to me that it would throw the system into utter chaos to make those who already know and perform the jobs reapply for the same position.

You must also factor in the interim period while all the jobs are being rated, ranked, reviewed, interviewed for and selected. What happens to performance and efficiency levels during this period?

Larry Strother, Treasury Department

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