Several hundred employees from other components within the Department of Homeland Security have deployed to help Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement with their work along the southern border. They’re on temporary detail with the department’s new DHS Volunteer Force.
A wave of three historic hurricanes and a series of wildfires last year is informing FEMA’s new strategic plan for the next four years.
Federal employees from other Cabinet agencies can apply to join the Homeland Security Department’s Surge Capacity Force, a voluntary program that deploys non-FEMA employees to help with disaster response.
Homeland Security Department employees are leaving their desk jobs to serve in the Surge Capacity Force to help with Hurricane Harvey response.