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New life from the Brain Drain

USAToday has a story today about the perils of staff turn-over... focusing on DHS.

The Homeland Security Department is losing top managers and rank-and-file employees in a brain drain that could affect morale and the nation's safety, according to members of Congress and labor experts...

The turnover comes amid renewed threats of terrorism and as the department readies itself for another hurricane season.

Key vacancies include top leaders in the department's cyber-security, technology and disaster response divisions.


They then point to Janet Hale's recent departure.

It is interesting because there were mini-parties after Hale announced that she was leaving. And we had criticized the agency for failing to elevate the agency CIO to where it is part of the agency's senior management team. (How seriously does an organization really take information sharing if the CIO is burried within the organization chart?)

Since Hale's departure, however, I have heard people saying good things about her -- that she wasn't as much interested in her public persona as much as she was interested in getting the work done.

I don't know, of course. I do know, however, that DHS seems to be in competition with GSA in terms of troubled agencies right now.

The work both DHS and GSA do is so important, so we hope they do get it right -- no pun intended.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Mar 30, 2006 at 12:15 PM


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