Jerry Markon

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Debilitating morale problems that have plagued DHS for years worsened since Johnson took over in December, according to a survey.

  • Oct 10, 2014

September marked the third consecutive month that the numbers declined, according to Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.

  • Oct 9, 2014

Congressmen teamed to call for a far broader investigation of the Secret Service than Homeland Security has promised.

  • Oct 3, 2014

Congressional aides from both parties have said in recent days that they are hoping to reach agreement on a comprehensive cyber bill that could be voted on after the election.

  • Oct 1, 2014

He said DHS is working to address the threat with outreach to steer people away from radical groups and ideologies.

  • Oct 1, 2014

The attorney general, who became an icon to liberals but a divisive figure to many conservatives, will step down once a successor is confirmed.

  • Sep 25, 2014

The byzantine system involving dozens of committees and commissions “makes no sense at all,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)

  • Sep 25, 2014

Many people in homeland-security circles question the idea of a single department composed of automonous agencies with clashing work cultures.

  • Sep 23, 2014

High turnover among Homeland Security leaders is a result of what employees describe as a dysfunctional work environment, abysmal morale and the lure of private firms paying top dollar.

  • Sep 21, 2014

Auditors warn of more cost overruns, missed deadlines for Homeland Security’s office complex in D.C.

  • Sep 19, 2014
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Jerry Markon covers the Department of Homeland Security for the Post’s National Desk. He also serves as lead Web and newspaper writer for major breaking national news. Previously, he was a political/government accountability reporter, focusing on short-term investigative stories about the Affordable Care Act, lobbying and other topics. In 2012, Markon wrote in-depth stories about the U.S. presidential candidates and was one of the Post’s main deadline writers in the campaign’s critical final month. Before that, he spent nine years covering the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va. and the Justice Department, writing about major national security cases and other law enforcement and legal topics. He has also covered the U.S. Supreme Court, anchored the Post’s blog on Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination and chronicled the war-crimes trial of Osama bin Laden’s driver at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Markon came to the Post in early 2003 from The Wall Street Journal, where he covered the federal courthouse in Manhattan. He has also worked for Newsday, the Associated Press and the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. Markon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University.
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