11.23.16

McCaul Warns DHS on “Burrowing” Political Appointees

Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson today calling on him to enforce applicable laws governing employee conversions from political to career positions. The practice, known as “burrowing” can impede the priorities of the incoming Administration. McCaul’s letter asks DHS to provide information on career Senior Executive Service appointments before a government-wide moratorium takes place and any requests for exceptions.

Chairman McCaul: “Today I sent a warning to the Obama Administration not to let political appointees ‘burrow in’ at DHS. The President-elect has the right to pick his own team, and allowing Obama appointees to embed themselves into the bureaucracy for the long haul could create unnecessary interference with this process. DHS must adhere to the law and ensure its federal workforce is independent and free from political influence. Rewarding political appointees by converting their jobs into career positions runs counter to that principle, and it would further erode morale at DHS.”

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