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Former Inspector General John Roth Talks DHS Leadership Vacancies at House Panel Hearing

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John Roth, former inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security, said current vacancies in the upper echelon of DHS affect the department’s ability to move forward, CNN reported Wednesday.

“This lack of settled leadership contributes to the significant morale problems that are endemic to DHS components,” Roth said Wednesday in his written testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee. “The nature and extent of senior leadership vacancies in the department is cause for concern as pervasive vacancies significantly hamper the department’s ability to carry out its all important mission,”

Gene Dodaro, comptroller general at the Government Accountability Office, also testified before the House panel on Wednesday. Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection and 2018 Wash100 Award winner, was tapped in April to serve as acting DHS secretary after Kirstjen Nielsen resigned from the post.