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Department of Homeland Security
Agency of the Month examines the many important facets of government agencies. Each month, Federal News Radio speaks with top executives from a specific agency about the issues most important to its mission. The Agency of the Month for September 2012 - the Department of Homeland Security.
The Department of Homeland Security is looking for people with "deep technical skills" as well as those who can analyze events to fill the holes in its cyber workforce, according to Chris Cummiskey, DHS' deputy under secretary for management, and Mark Weatherford, under secretary for cybersecurity in the National Protection and Programs Directorate.
Peggy Sherry, the agency's CFO, said when budget cuts do come they are prepared. DHS already has been finding efficiencies in its spending. Ed Johnson, FEMA's CFO, said this type of approach has filtered down to the components.
Catherine Emerson, the agency's chief human capital officer, said the annual turnover rate is only 1.35 percent. She said new programs are trying to ensure employees have the leadership training necessary for the future. The Coast Guard also is increasing employee engagement as it prepares to move into its new headquarters at St. Elizabeth's, according to Vice Adm. Manson Brown, the deputy commandant for mission support.
Rafael Borras, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for management, said in an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, improvements to back-office functions show how interdependent the agency has become over the last few years. DHS is managing its acquisition, financial management and human capital processes through a holistic approach.