Press Release


Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee to Convene Fourth Hearing in Series on DHS Effectiveness — TOMORROW

Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), will hold a hearing entitled Building One DHS: Why is Employee Morale Low?tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Tomorrow’s hearing, the fourth in a series of subcommittee hearings on DHS effectiveness, will examine low employee morale within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In a 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint survey conducted by the Office of Personnel Management, DHS was one of the lowest ranking agencies in each category including leadership and knowledge management; results-oriented performance culture; talent management; and job satisfaction.

In a separate employee satisfaction survey conducted by the non-profit organization Partnership for Public Service, DHS ranked 31 out of 33 overall among large agencies for best places to work in the Federal Government.

McCaul said: “Secretary Napolitano wants to build "One DHS." She cannot accomplish this while the Department consistently ranks as one of the lowest in employee morale in the U.S. Government. In the Partnership for Public Service Best Places to Work Survey, DHS ranked 31 of 33 in 2011. This is unacceptable. Our hearing will examine the cause for low morale and ways to fix the problem. We look forward to hearing the testimony of Admiral Thad Allen, a proven leader who knows how to both build morale in an organization and accomplish the mission.”

What:                 Subcommittee Hearing on “Building One DHS: Why is Employee Morale Low?

When:                 9 a.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012

Where:                311 Cannon House Office Building

                           **Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE

Witness List:

Panel I

Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.)
Senior Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Panel II

Ms. Catherine Emerson
Chief Human Capital Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. David Maurer
Homeland Security and Justice Team
Government Accountability Office

Mr. Max Stier
President and CEO
The Partnership for Public Service

Dr. Jeff T. H. Pon
Chief Human Resources Officer
Society for Human Resource Management