One More Week
You have probably heard by now that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been funded for one more week. Congress agreed and the President signed this agreement minutes before midnight, February 27, 2015.
I don’t know the difference one week will make. In the several months that Congress has had to make a decision about DHS there was no agreement.
I did say in my last blog The Federal Government was not supposed to be in the News, that I did not believe that Congress and the White House would allow DHS to shutdown, period. At this point, I really don’t know.
I don’t believe there is enough pressure from you, the people of our nation, about this. I don’t see the public outcry that would force Congress to move on DHS behalf and to never let this happen again.
DHS is a federal department made up of a ‘hodge podge’ of federal agencies that used to be somewhere else. These agencies were put together, told to work together to do national security stuff, given budgets then sent off to perform their newly defined missions.
Much more attention and leadership support should have been provided to DHS from its inception. The positive guidance kind. Now DHS fate is part of a political debate. This is the negative attention it really doesn’t need.
Remember DHS employee morale is among the lowest in the federal government. Should you care? Yes, they do national security stuff for you.
Why don’t I see the public outrage similar to what we witnessed at the mistreatment of veterans by the Veterans Administration? Is the Department of Defense more important than the Department of Homeland Security? You tell me.
I believe the funding of all federal agencies should be so called ‘clean funding’. If Congress agrees that agencies should and must exist, these agencies should be funded appropriately. No strings. But that’s my opinion.