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United States Department of Homeland Security
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Seal of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Flag of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Nebraska Avenue Complex, DHS headquarters
Agency overview
Formed November 25, 2002 (2002-11-25)
Jurisdiction United States
Headquarters Nebraska Avenue Complex, Washington, D.C., U.S.
Employees 229,000 (2017) [1]
Annual budget $40.6 billion (2017)[2]
Agency executives Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary
Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary
Child agencies United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Transportation Security Administration
United States Coast Guard (during times of peace)
National Protection and Programs Directorate
United States Secret Service
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Website
www.dhs.gov

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), commonly known in the United States as "Homeland Security", is a Cabinet department of the U.S. federal government with the duty of protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks and helping when there is a natural disaster.

In 2002, because of the September 11 attacks in 2001, Congress passed a bill called the Homeland Security Act, which created the Department of Homeland Security. Tom Ridge was the first leader of the Department of Homeland Security. This was the biggest change to the federal government in 50 years.[3]

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