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United States Department of Homeland Security
|United States Department of Homeland Security|
|Seal of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security|
|Flag of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security|
|Nebraska Avenue Complex, DHS headquarters|
|Formed||November 25, 2002|
|Headquarters||Nebraska Avenue Complex, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Employees||229,000 (2017) |
|Annual budget||$40.6 billion (2017)|
|Agency executives|| Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary |
TBD, 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
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.
- "Secretary of Homeland Security". Homeland Security. January 25, 2017. https://www.dhs.gov/secretary.
- "Budget In Brief: Fiscal Year 2017". Homeland Security. pp. 1, 2. https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/FY2017_BIB-MASTER.pdf. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
- "The Online NewsHour: Domestic Security | The Homeland Security Act | PBS". pbs.org. 2011 [last update]. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/terrorism/homeland/securityact.html. Retrieved April 23, 2011.