Reps. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Ken Buck of Colorado questioned federal officials at a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing titled “The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government.”
Lawmakers were going over the results of a recent federal employee survey that ranked worker satisfaction at all government agencies. Homeland Security, with 240,000 employees, ranked last, 19th out of 19, in the category of largest federal agencies.
Buck asked Catherine Emerson, the chief human capital officer for the agency, if administration policies that require law enforcement professionals to ignore immigration law contributes to low morale.
“I have worked with a number of immigration agents,” said Buck, a former Weld County district attorney, “and they feel like they are a racehorse that is being kept in the stable. They never get out to engage.”
Gowdy, himself a former district attorney and federal prosecutor, echoed the Colorado freshman’s comments.
“I can tell you every time I go home, and I talk to the women and men who are still in law enforcement, nothing would diminish their morale quite like being asked to do the opposite of what they signed up to do.”