The Homeland Security Department’s newest pilot program puts employees on detail within industry offices. The goal is for the employees to gain experience within the private sector on topics like cybersecurity, and bring that knowledge back to the government, while also strengthening collaboration with industry
Some members of industry described a culture of fear within the Homeland Security Department, which holds them back from doing business with with DHS. The department’s undersecretary for management, Russell Deyo, said he’s concerned by industry’s fractured relationship.
DHS Undersecretary for Management Russell Deyo has four major priorities for the final year of the Obama administration. Based on the department’s “Unity of Effort” initiative, component leaders are beginning to talk to each other more and share ideas for improvement.
The Homeland Security Department said cultivating and training high-performing leaders and supervisors, and improving communication will help DHS make more significant strides on employee engagement. DHS scored the lowest of all large agencies in the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
Wednesday was a productive day for Congress as the House sent two bills to President Barack Obama and a pair of critical DHS nominees head to the Senate floor.
Chris Cummiskey, the acting undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, announced he’s leaving government after 24 years on Oct. 31.
Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday. He said the Homeland Security Department needs to consolidate financial management systems so it can use the data to make strategic decisions. The committee also heard from nominees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and USPS Board of Governors.
Russell Deyo will be nominated to be the Homeland Security Department’s next management czar. Danny Marti also is in line to be the next White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.