The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Resilience Within the Department of Homeland Security Workforce

"A Ready and Resilient Workforce for the Department of Homeland Security: Protecting America's Front Line"

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has released a report detailing the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to address stress and morale within its ranks and to improve resilience at DHS. From the description provided by the National Academies Press: "'A Ready and Resilient Workforce for the Department of Homeland Security: Protecting America's Front Line' reviews current workforce resilience efforts, identifies gaps, and provides recommendations for a 5-year strategy to improve DHSTogether, the current DHS workforce resilience program. This report stresses the importance of strong leadership, communication, measurement, and evaluation in the organization and recommends content for a 5-year plan that will promote centralized strategic direction and resource investment to improve readiness and resilience at the department. While all DHS component agencies share a common mission, each have distinct roles with different stressors attached, making implementation of an organization-wide resilience or wellness program difficult. The recommendations of 'A Ready and Resilient Workforce for the Department of Homeland Security' outline how DHS can focus its efforts on creating a common culture of workforce readiness and resilience, while recognizing the distinct, proud, celebrated cultures of its component agencies." In addition to the full report, the National Academies Press has made available a Press Release and Report Brief.