United States Department of Homeland Security

United States Department of Homeland Security
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DHS headquarters in Washington D.C.
Agency overview
FormedNovember 25, 2002 (2002-11-25)
JurisdictionUnited States
HeadquartersSt. Elizabeths West Campus, Washington, D.C., U.S.
38°51′17″N 77°00′00″W / 38.8547°N 77.0000°W / 38.8547; -77.0000Coordinates: 38°51′17″N 77°00′00″W / 38.8547°N 77.0000°W / 38.8547; -77.0000
Employees240,000 (2018)[1]
Annual budget$51.672 billion (FY 2020)[2]
Agency executives
Child agency
Websitewww.dhs.gov

"The DHS March"

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for public security, roughly comparable to the interior or home ministries of other countries. Its stated missions involve anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cyber security, and disaster prevention and management.[3]

It began operations in 2003, formed as a result of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, enacted in response to the September 11 attacks. With more than 240,000 employees,[1] DHS is the third-largest Cabinet department, after the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.[4] Homeland security policy is coordinated at the White House by the Homeland Security Council. Other agencies with significant homeland security responsibilities include the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Energy.

  1. ^ a b "About DHS". Homeland Security. June 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Budget In Brief: Fiscal Year 2020" (PDF). Homeland Security. p. 1. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "Our Mission". Homeland Security. June 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Department of Homeland Security Executive Staffing Project". National Academy of Public Administration. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2011.

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