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As reported in the Aug. 20 issue of Federal Computer Week, some congressional leaders believe the Homeland Security Department could use some added management firepower. Specifically, they would like DHS to create a position for chief management officer with a renewable five-year term. A CMO, those lawmakers believe, "is critical to improving DHS' program management."

But DHS officials disagree, saying its undersecretary of management essentially serves that role.

"I don’t think there’s a need to have just the one titled individual," Marta Perez, DHS’ chief human capital officer, told FCW. "There’s a need to have lots of individuals who are very committed to management and management reform, and we have that at the department." (Click here to read the complete story.)

Does DHS need a CMO? More to the point, would such a position be of use to any agency? Post a comment.

Posted by John Stein Monroe on Aug 24, 2007 at 12:12 PM


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