DHS leader to lawmakers: 'Shut up and support' frontline employees
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Apr 19, 2017
Department of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly discussed employee morale at the agency during a speech this week at George Washington University, where he had some harsh words for lawmakers about their support for his workforce.
During the April 18 speech at the school’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, Kelly told the audience: “While you’re having your morning coffee, the Coast Guard is pulling a fisherman aboard after his boat capsized in stormy seas. While you’re deciding what you want for lunch, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is teaching law enforcement officers how to respond to an active shooter. While you’re scrolling through Facebook, our Science and Technology Directorate is helping local bomb squads defeat IEDs. While you’re zoning out on your commute home, Homeland Security Investigators are closing in on a dangerous child predator.”
He spoke very highly of the workforce, commending them for their hard work, and also touched on morale.
“…for too long, the men and women of my department have been political pawns. They have been asked to do more with less, and less, and less,” he said.
He said that if lawmakers do not like the laws that are passed, then they should have the courage to change the laws. Otherwise they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines,” Kelly said.
“My people have been discouraged from doing their jobs for nearly a decade, disabled by pointless bureaucracy and political meddling, and suffered disrespect and contempt by public officials who have no idea what it means to serve.”
The agency for years has ranked at the bottom of the Best Places to Work in Federal Government rankings.
The full speech is available here.