The latest installment in the ongoing saga of federal workforce hiring problems comes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Washington Post reports. The department’s three largest law enforcement organizations (Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and the Secret Service) are close to authorized strength, but that masks a serious issue: substantial delays in hiring. Those delays are documented in a new report from the the department’s Office of Inspector General (IG).
“The inability to hire law enforcement personnel in a timely manner may lead to shortfalls in staffing, which can affect workforce productivity and morale, as well as potentially disrupt mission critical operations,” said the report. The days from job announcement to a hire ranged from seven months to a year in fiscal 2015, depending on the agency. As bad as that might seem, in most cases the time to hire is better now than before. ICE deportation officers had the shortest time to hire, 212 days. That’s a major improvement from the 1,161 days — more than three years — in 2012. The Secret Service Uniformed Division is going backward. It took 272 days to hire in 2014. That jumped to 359, a 32 percent increase, in one year.