Preserving our freedoms, protecting
America ... we secure our homeland
quot;The President proposes to create a new
Department of Homeland Security, the most
significant transformation of the U.S. government in
over half-century by largely transforming and
realigning the current confusing patchwork of
government activities into a single department whose
primary mission is to protect our homeland. The
creation of a Department of Homeland Security is
one more key step in the President’s national
strategy for homeland security.quot;
-From the Department of Homeland Security June
2002 - George W. Bush
We will lead the unified national effort to
secure America. We will prevent and
deter terrorist attacks and protect
against and respond to threats and
hazards to the nation. We will ensure
safe and secure borders, welcome
lawful immigrants and visitors, and
promote the free-flow of commerce.
Awareness -- Identify and understand threats, assess
vulnerabilities, determine potential impacts and disseminate timely
information to our homeland security partners and the American public.
Prevention — Detect, deter and mitigate threats to our homeland.
Protection — Safeguard our people and their freedoms, critical
infrastructure, property and the economy of our Nation from acts of
terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
Response — Lead, manage and coordinate the national response to
acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
Recovery — Lead national, state, local and private sector efforts to
restore services and rebuild communities after acts of terrorism, natural
disasters, or other emergencies.
Service — Serve the public effectively by facilitating lawful trade, travel
Organizational Excellence — Value our most important resource, our
people. Create a culture that promotes a common
identity, innovation, mutual respect, accountability and teamwork to
achieve efficiencies, effectiveness, and operational synergies.
On February 15, 2005, Judge Michael
Chertoff was unanimously confirmed by
the Senate and sworn in as the second
Secretary of the Department of
Homeland Security. He formerly served
as United States Circuit Judge for the
Third Circuit Court of Appeals, after his
June 2003 Senate confirmation.
Paul A. Schneider was sworn in January
3, 2007, as the Department of Homeland
Security’s (DHS) Under Secretary for
Management. He is responsible for all the
budget, appropriations, expenditure of
funds, accounting and finance;
procurement; human resources and
personnel; information technology systems;
facilities, property, equipment, and other
material resources; and identification and
tracking of performance measurements.
Chad Sweet serves as the Department
of Homeland Security’s Chief of Staff.
Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Mr.
Sweet served as the Deputy Chief of
Staff and as a Special Assistant to the
Senior Military Advisor Rear
Admiral Daniel B. Lloyd
Rear Admiral Daniel B. Lloyd assumed
the duties of Military Advisor to the
Secretary, United States Department of
Homeland Security, in June of 2006. In
this role, he is responsible for advising
the Secretary on matters involving
coordination between the Department of
Homeland Security and all branches of
The United States Coast Guard is a
military, multimission, maritime service
within the Department of Homeland
Security and one of the nation's five armed
services. Its core roles are to protect the
public, the environment, and U.S.
economic and security interests in any
maritime region in which those interests
may be at risk, including international
waters and America's coasts, ports, and
Maritime Safety: Eliminate deaths, injuries, and
property damage associated with maritime
transportation, fishing, and recreational boating. The
Coast Guard's motto is Semper Paratus—(Always
Ready), and the service is always ready to respond
to calls for help at sea.
Maritime Security: Protect America's maritime
borders from all intrusions by: (a) halting the flow of
illegal drugs, aliens, and contraband into the United
States through maritime routes; (b) preventing illegal
fishing; and (c) suppressing violations of federal law
in the maritime arena.
Maritime Mobility: Facilitate maritime commerce
and eliminate interruptions and impediments to the
efficient and economical movement of goods and
people, while maximizing recreational access to and
enjoyment of the water.
National Defense: Defend the nation as one of the
five U.S. armed services. Enhance regional stability
in support of the National Security Strategy, utilizing
the Coast Guard’s unique and relevant maritime
Protection of Natural Resources: Eliminate
environmental damage and the degradation of
natural resources associated with maritime
transportation, fishing, and recreational boating.
The United States Secret Service is mandated by statute
and executive order to carry out two significant missions:
protection and criminal investigations. The Secret Service
protects the president and vice president, their
families, heads of state, and other designated individuals;
investigates threats against these protectees; protects the
White House, vice president’s residence, foreign
missions, and other buildings within Washington, D.C.;
and plans and implements security designs for designated
National Special Security Events. The Secret Service also
investigates violations of laws relating to counterfeiting of
obligations and securities of the United States; financial
crimes that include, but are not limited to, access device
fraud, financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer
fraud; and computer-based attacks on our nation’s
financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure.
We are your neighbors, friends and
relatives. We are 43,000 security
officers, inspectors, directors, air marshals
and managers who protect the nation's
transportation systems so you and your
family can travel safely. We look for bombs
at checkpoints in airports, we inspect rail
cars, we patrol subways with our law
enforcement partners, and we work to
make all modes of transportation safe.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), the largest investigative arm of the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is
responsible for eliminating vulnerabilities in the
nation's border, and with economic, transportation
and infrastructure security.
The ICE organization is composed of four law
enforcement divisions and several support divisions.
These divisions of ICE combine to form a new
investigative approach with new resources to provide
unparalleled investigation, interdiction and security
services to the public and our law enforcement
partners in the federal and local sectors.
Office of Congressional Relations (OCR)
The Office of Congressional Relations
(OCR) represents ICE’s core values and
DHS objectives through federal
Congressional liaison activities.
How We Work
The OCR maintains an effective liaison by
promoting Congressional awareness of
ICE operations, national and local
programs, policies and initiatives.
Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO)
The Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) is responsible for
promoting public safety and national security by making certain through the
enforcement of U.S. immigration laws that all removable aliens depart the
How We Work
DRO makes use of its resources and expertise to transport aliens, to manage
them while in custody and waiting for their cases to be processed, and to
remove unauthorized aliens from the United States when so ordered.
Office of Federal Protective Service (FPS)
Federal Protective Service (FPS) is responsible for policing, securing and
ensuring a safe environment in which federal agencies can conduct their
business. FPS does this by investigating threats posed against the more than
8,800 federal facilities nationwide.
How We Work
FPS’ work focuses directly on the interior security of the nation and the
reduction of crimes and potential threats to federal facilities throughout the
nation. Uniformed FPS officers and special agents respond to calls for
assistance, conduct investigations and provide crime prevention tips, as well as
assist in occupant emergency planning.
All federal facilities under FPS control receive a thorough building security
assessment on a recurring schedule. During this assessment representatives
of all agencies in the facility are interviewed to gather information on the
specific mission they perform within the facility, and intelligence and crime
statistics for the area are reviewed, as are existing security countermeasures.
Based on the findings and working with the agencies housed in the
facility, security countermeasures are added or adjusted. This allows for tailored
security for each individual facility versus a one-size-fits-all approach.
DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many
forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a
fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of
terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits
suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of
Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.
On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS). The primary mission of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the
loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all
hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and
other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the
Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency
management system of
preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and
Who is FEMA
FEMA has more than 2,600 full time employees.
They work at FEMA headquarters in Washington
D.C., at regional and area offices across the
country, the Mount Weather Emergency Operations
Center, and the National Emergency Training Center
in Emmitsburg, Maryland. FEMA also has nearly
4,000 standby disaster assistance employees who
are available for deployment after disasters. Often
FEMA works in partnership with other organizations
that are part of the nation's emergency management
system. These partners include state and local
emergency management agencies, 27 federal
agencies and the American Red Cross.
CBP is one of the Department of
Homeland Security’s largest and most
complex components, with a priority
mission of keeping terrorists and their
weapons out of the U.S. It also has a
responsibility for securing and facilitating
trade and travel while enforcing
hundreds of U.S. regulations, including
immigration and drug laws.
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