Chairman McCaul Statement on Administration’s Intent to Nominate Jeh Johnson as Secretary of DHS

Oct 17, 2013 Issues: Oversight of DHS Management

Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement on the prospective nomination of Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Chairman McCaul: “I am pleased that the Administration has finally taken seriously its obligation to fill leadership positions at DHS, and I look forward to hearing Mr. Johnson’s vision for improving the Department’s operations, morale and creating a more unified agency. In order for DHS to carry out its core mission of protecting the American people – from our border and cyber security to the growing threat of terrorism – the Department needs a strong leader with a commitment to enforcing the law.

“Even with this prospective nominee, over 40 percent of senior leadership positions at DHS are either vacant or have an ‘acting’ placeholder. The lack of leadership at the White House is reflected in the holes in leadership at the Department, and these important positions must be filled in order to fill the holes in our homeland security."

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