The Department of Homeland Security
In 2003, in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, several government agencies were split up and recombined to form the Department of Homeland Security. This was done to clear up confusion between agencies and have one department concentrate its efforts on its most important goal, keeping America safe. The DHS employs over 225,000 people across the country in jobs that range from securing our borders and airports, to providing response in emergency situations. No other country as of yet has a Department of Homeland Security.
Click here to read the full, original Department of Homeland Security proposal by George W. Bush from June 2002.
To ensure the DHS runs smoothly and to the best of its ability, Secretary Chertoff in July 2005 declared the department’s six-point agenda. This agenda included:
Current and Former Secretaries of Homeland Security
Tom Ridge, January 24, 2003 – February 1, 2005
Michael Chertoff, February 15, 2005 – January 21, 2009
Janet Napolitano, January 21, 2009 – Present
Our National Efforts to Secure the Homeland
The strategy provides a common framework through which our entire Nation – Federal, State, local, and Tribal governments, the private and non-profit sectors, communities, and individual citizens – should focus its homeland security efforts on the following four goals:
Progress Made Securing The Homeland
Since September 11, we have made extraordinary progress in securing our Homeland and fighting the War on Terror. We have:
The Obama Administration
Upon taking office, President Obama and his administration made the following changes to Homeland Security:
More Information on Homeland Security
Ready.gov – Prepare, plan, stay informed.
Information for Citizens from the DHS.
The Leadership Journal - A forum for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and key DHS officials to share news and insight. It brings you closer to the people and policies working to keep our nation secure.
The Blog @ Homeland Security - The Blog @ Homeland Security provides an inside-out view of what we do every day at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.