Homeland Security Restructured

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Should the Department of Homeland Security be restructured?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created November 25, 2002, in wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by George W. Bush. When The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created it was the merger of almost two dozen already existing agencies and almost 180,000 federal employees (Sullivan). Because this department wasn't made from scratch, but came from merging 22 other agencies, it came with many complications like organizational issues and low efficiency. I believe that the DHS should be restructured because it is a poorly organized and not efficient organization. Right from the beginning the DHS has had problems with organization because of how it was formed. When
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Sullivan points out a major problem within the DHS with vacancies because about 40 percent of senior leadership positions are vacant in the agencies that control enforcing immigration and trade laws, securing the nation's borders, protecting the president and countering drugs and terrorism (Sullivan). High job turnover was a monumental issue for the DHS, Rand Beers is one example (Perrow). He had 35 years of experience working in intelligence and served on the National Security Council (Mission) for 7 months then five days after the Iraq invasion in March 2003 he resigned (Perrow). Three months later he told a Washington post reporter about how dissatisfied with the counter-terrorism effort and how the DHS was almost not taking it seriously (Perrow). Six months after the start of the department two more top officials left the DHS, and one unnamed government official said “So few people want to work at the department that more than fifteen people declined requests to apply for the top post in its intelligence unit — and many others turned down offers to run several other key offices” (Perrow). Working for the DHS was so bad at one point that 795 employees from the FBI’s cybersecurity office were to be transferred to the DHS, however all but 22 decided to stay at the reliably funded and higher-status FBI …show more content…
For instance the Coast Guard and border protection stopped $100,000 worth of drugs on its way into the U.S. from the Mexican/American border (Mission) and the TSA confiscated more than 26,000 fire arms nationwide (dhs.gov). So I think that the DHS does have a little leeway because it has so many responsibilities, however it is still too unorganized and inefficient for such an important part of our security. The DHS is one of the most important departments in the United States government however, the DHS is grossly unorganized and inefficient and therefor needs to be restructured. If this were to happen the DHS would be much more efficient and organized so they can protect us. Then they would be able to live up to their mission statement of “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values”