Chris Currie, director of emergency management, disaster recovery and DHS management issues at GAO, discusses the impact of vacancies on risk management at the Department of Homeland Security.
Three of the top risk managers at the Department of Homeland Security are in an acting capacity. According to a report published by the Government Accountability Office, the vacancies at the department are affecting their ability to get off the High Risk List. Chris Currie, director of emergency management, disaster recovery and DHS management issues at GAO, says that the vacancies are having big impacts on the Human Capital and Acquisition workforces. “In acquisitions in the early days of the department, there were a lot of blunders in trying to roll out technologies and programs, because basically DHS had no policies and procedures for managing acquisitions, the components were out doing whatever they wanted to do in acquiring technologies,” Currie said. “Over time, DHS has made a lot of progress in trying to implement that discipline across the department. What we’ve seen now, what they still need to do is they need to actually have some successes. They’ve had some cancellations in recent years of some high-profile acquisitions, which shows you that they can make those tough decisions and say it’s a no go, but we want to see them be successful”