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Survey Contradicts Trump’s Assertions That FBI’s Comey Was Disliked

James Comey testifies about President Trump before a Senate committee.

James Comey testifies about President Trump before a Senate committee.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump and his administration have repeatedly asserted that fired FBI Director James Comey was unpopular among the rank-and-file and was to blame for low morale.

But an internal survey released Wednesday suggests Comey, whom Trump fired in May, was trusted and highly respected, the Associated Press reported

A majority of survey respondents gave Comey high marks when asked if the then-director had “a positive impact on my morale.” The results mirror similar surveys dating to the start of Comey’s tenure in 2013.

The AP wrote:

Using a 1-to-5 scale, where scores between 3.81 and 5 are considered a “success in those areas,” Comey received average scores of 4.67, 4.39 and 4.38, respectively, on the morale question. Those results were tallied from 36 respondents in 2015, from 47 in 2016 and from 48 in 2017.

Respondents’ “trust and confidence” in Comey as a leader did drop slightly between 2015 and 2017 — from an average score of 4.78 to 4.46 — though it still fell within the higher end of the top benchmark for the surveys.

Trump initially cited Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email server as justification for firing him. The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, wrote a three-page memo criticizing those decisions, saying that as a result the FBI was “unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a director who understands the gravity of the mistakes.”

But Trump later said he had intended to fire Comey all along, dubbing him a “showboat.” A White House spokeswoman said then she had personally heard from “countless” agents who had complained about Comey’s leadership.

Slim Majority of Americans Side with FBI’s Fight with Apple to Open Terrorist’s iPhone

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A slim majority of Americans think Apple should help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, a new survey has found.

The Wall Street Journal reports that about 51% of Americans side with the FBI, while 41% back Apple, according to a survey by SurveyMonkey.

The gap is even larger when Android owners were surveyed. A little more than a third of them side with Apple.

About 46% of iPhone owners agree with Apple.

But the numbers are in Apple’s favor for those who have read Apple CEO Tim Cook’s message to customers. But the survey found that only 16% read the letter.

The Wall Street Journal wrote:

Many tech companies, including Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Twitter Inc. have come out strongly in support of Apple, and privacy advocates have decried the FBI’s effort to force Apple to unlock the phone. But SurveyMonkey’s poll highlights the disconnect between public opinion and the interests of Silicon Valley-based tech firms.

Homeland Security Chief Expresses Disappointment with Low Moral in Agency

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter what Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson does to boost morale, his agency continues to rank last in this year’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey.

For the fourth year in a row, employees of Homeland Security were collectively unhappier than employees at the 19 largest federal agencies.

The Washington Post reports that Johnson has tried to improve employee training fairness in hiring and promotions, but that hasn’t been enough.

Less than a third of Homeland Security employees expressed confidence in leadership in this year’s survey, and 43.1% consider DHS a good place to work.

Johnson wrote an email to his 240,000 employees, expressing his frustrations with the rankings.

“I’m disappointed,” he wrote. “We know improving employee satisfaction takes time, and we will not give up. We have an aggressive plan to do this.”

Heroin Becomes Law Enforcement’s Biggest Concern As Use Skyrockets

800px-HeroinBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Law enforcement nationwide believe heroin abuse is the largest drug threat, overtaking methamphetamine, according to a new DEA survey.

NBC News reports that the seizure of heroin has nearly doubled over the past five years, while the 51% more people are using the highly addictive drug.

“Heroin availability is up across the country, as are abuses, overdoses, and overdose deaths,” says the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary, released Wednesday.

One reason heroin has become so popular is because of prescription painkiller abuse. Painkillers and heroin are both opiates.

The number of deaths in 2013 – 46,471 – is the highest on record.

“Roughly half of the overdose deaths are related to abuse of prescription drugs and another 8,000 involve heroin. So combined those two things account for two-thirds of the overdose deaths,” said DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

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Homeland Security Ranked Worst Federal Agency to Work – Again

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nothing even came close.

Homeland Security was ranked as the worst federal agency to work for in 2015, according to the annual survey of federal employees, The Washington Times reports. 

The satisfaction rate continued its downward slide, from 62% in 2010 to 47% in 2015.

“To be sure, I am disappointed,” said Department Secretary Jeh Johnson. “We will not give up. We know that improving employee satisfaction across a 22-component, 240,000-person department takes time.”

The most satisfied workforce belonged to NASA, where more than three-quarters of its employees expressed satisfaction.

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