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Jeh Johnson Confirmed: What’s Next for the DHS Secretary
Posted By Cassandra Lucaccioni On December 18, 2013 @ 1:31 pm In Capitol Hill,Security | Comments Disabled
President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, has been confirmed by the Senate in a final vote of 78–16 . This comes after a swift confirmation from the Homeland Security Committee early this month.
The swift and quick confirmation left many with lingering questions. Concerns from both Democrats and Republicans have brought to light Johnson’s questionable experience. Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL) questioned Johnson’s experience for leading DHS. “I’m not saying he’s not a good man, but he’s not a good choice for this,” Sessions said. Senator John McCain (R–AZ) also expressed his apprehension about the confirmation and Johnson’s inability to address any questions surrounding immigration policy .
DHS has had no real leadership since the departure of Janet Napolitano. Currently, DHS still has some 40 vacant senior positions that need to be filled. Immigration and reviving morale at the department are key topics the former Department of Defense Pentagon general counsel will have to finally answer. In a recent report, The Heritage Foundation  highlights several important issues that the new Secretary must face in order to revitalize the department:
As Johnson takes the next few weeks to settle into his new job, he should begin to formulate his opinions and strategies on how he plans to address the growing concerns that currently riddle the department.
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 The Heritage Foundation: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/10/top-10-issues-the-new-secretary-of-homeland-security-nominee-must-face
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