Dept. of Homeland Bureaucracy


This article from Sunday's Wash Post about the Department of Homeland Security suggests that things at the agency whose whole mission is national safety is in the crapper. The Post story implies that mo' money is the fix, but the story underscores that even a ton of money is never enough to overcome bureaucracy, turf battles, bad management, etc.

A snippet:

Despite a budget that exceeds $36 billion, money is scarce and a constant preoccupation for department managers. Federal budget experts drastically underestimated the overtime costs of the tens of thousands of airport screeners, and Congress and the White House have largely refused to increase spending. The result is cascading budget crises that have led officials to make emergency cuts in crucial programs such as port security and air marshals, which Congress has then overruled.

Read the whole thing here.