Press Release


Hearing Advisory: McCaul to Hold Hearing on DHS Leadership Vacancies

Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer (202) 226-8417

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee will hold the following hearing tomorrow.

THURSDAY, December 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

“Help Wanted at DHS: Implications of Leadership Vacancies on the Mission and Morale”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

  • The Honorable Tom Ridge, first Secretary of Homeland Security

Panel II

  • Mr. Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service
  • Mr. David Maurer, Director, Government Accountability Office
  • Ms. Colleen M. Kelley, National President, The National Treasury Employees Union

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on the hearing: “Nearly half of the top leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security are either vacant or have an ‘acting’ placeholder which speaks volumes about the Administration’s commitment to homeland security. Any good manager knows that leadership dramatically affects an organization’s morale, and DHS’s morale has consistently ranked at the bottom of the federal government. While DHS is full of dedicated career employees, these men and women rely on the Administration to appoint leaders to move their mission forward. This hearing will examine both the impact of the Administration’s neglect of the Department, as well as the Department’s efforts to protect the homeland that deserve to be bolstered by strong leadership.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.