Treasury braces for staff loss to Homeland Security Department

Treasury braces for staff loss to Homeland Security Department

About 40 percent of the Treasury Department's staff under the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Assistant Secretary for Management will be transferred to the Homeland Security Department in March, according to a Treasury official.

'This means Treasury is getting ripped up,' the source said.

That 40 percent represents more than 250 people gone, which means Treasury will be doing a lot more outsourcing, he said. He expects that those chosen employees will be told by the middle of January.

Treasury agencies moving to the new department include Secret Service, Customs Service, part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and possibly the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

'No final decisions have been made in regards to specific numbers coming to the new department or which specific agencies,' said Brian Roehrkasse, spokesperson for the White House Office of Homeland Security.

According to the Office of Homeland Security, many of the large Homeland Security component agencies, such as the Transportation Security Administration, will need staff from their subagencies to continue to operate.

About two-thirds of the Transportation Department staff will move to the new department, according to the White House. But those employees will continue to need the support of people from DOT's Office of the CIO, general counsel and other groups.

'The department will continue to look at all options to make sure the new department has the best resources to achieve its mission,' Roehrkasse said.

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