Department of Homeland Security

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Definition and Summary of the Department of Homeland Security
Summary and Definition: The Department of Homeland Security became operational on January 24, 2003, sixty days after the Homeland Security Act was passed. The purpose of the Department of Homeland Security is to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage US borders, enforce and administer US immigration laws, safeguard and secure cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.

Department of Homeland Security
George W Bush was the 43rd American President who served in office from January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009. One of the important events during his presidency was the Department of Homeland Security.

   
  

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Department of Homeland Security Facts - 1: U.S. Commission on National Security in the 21st Century, aka the Hart-Rudman Commission, had been established in 1998, following the publication of a Fatwah (death sentence) against American Civilians by Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 2: The purpose of the commission was to develop a comprehensive US national security strategy and recommend changes to the US government's structure. Many of the recommendations of the commission were used to the create of the Department of Homeland Security.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 3: Eleven days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, on September 22, 2001, President George W. Bush announced that he would create an Office of Homeland Security in the White House to coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to detect and deter terrorist attacks to safeguard the nation against terrorism.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 4: One week after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, bioterrorism rocked America with Anthrax attacks, when anonymous letters, laced with lethal anthrax spores, began arriving at news media companies and the offices of two U.S. Senators.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 5: On October 8, 2001 President Bush issued Executive Order 13228 establishing two organizations within the White House: the Office of Homeland Security (OHS) and the Homeland Security Council (HSC).

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 6: The purpose of the Office of Homeland Security (OHS) was to develop and implement a national strategy to coordinate federal, state, and local counter-terrorism efforts.  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was appointed as the first Director of the Office of Homeland Security in the White House.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 7: The  purpose of the Homeland Security Council (HSC), composed of Cabinet members responsible for homeland security-related activities, was to advise the President on homeland security matters.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 8: On October 11, 2001 Senator Joseph Lieberman (Democrat-CT) introduced a bill to establish a Department of National Homeland Security to protect U.S. citizens against terrorists, following the recommendations of the Hart-Rudman Commission.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 9: The Bush administration resisted the bill that lacked an advisor with cabinet rank or line authority, initially preferring to work with newly established Office of Homeland Security (OHS) and the homeland security advisor Tom Ridge.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 10: Before the establishment of Homeland Security Department, homeland security activities spread across 22 federal agencies, resulting in poor, uncoordinated communication between the agencies.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 11: President Bush tasked senior aides to prepare recommendations for a Republican plan for a major reorganization that would create a Department of Homeland Security, bringing all the agencies together.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 12: The plan was unveiled by President Bush on June 6, 2002 and his proposal for the Department of Homeland Security, including his own proposed text for the Homeland Security Act of 2002, was formally submitted to Congress on June 18, 2002.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 13: The bill intended to integration of all, or part of, 22 different federal departments and agencies into a unified, integrated Department including the U.S. Secret Service, National Infrastructure Protection Center (FBI), Nuclear Incident Response Team, Environmental Measurements Laboratory, National Communications System (Defense), Federal Emergency Management Agency, the US Customs Service, the Coast Guard and the Border Patrol.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 14: Drafting the legislation took time - it was the biggest change in U.S. government since the Defense Department was created in 1947.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 15: During this critical period in the nation's history, Congress also had to balance the need to increase the nation's security with the protections of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution and President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act on October 26, 2001.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 16: The Homeland Security Act was enacted by Congress in November 25, 2002, creating a stand-alone, Cabinet-level department to coordinate and unify national homeland security efforts.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 17: The Homeland Security Act superseded, but did not replace, the Office of Homeland Security (OHS), which retained an advisory role.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 18: The Department of Homeland Security became operational on January 24, 2003, sixty days after the Homeland Security Act was passed.

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Department of Homeland Security Facts - 19: The five Core Missions of the Department of Homeland Security are to:

  1. Prevent terrorism and enhancing security

  2. Secure and manage US borders

  3. Enforce and administer US immigration laws

  4. Safeguard and secure cyberspace

  5. Ensure resilience to disasters

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 20: The Department of Homeland Security is divided into five teams, called directorates. The names of the directorates are:

● Emergency Preparedness and Response
● Science and Technology
● Border and Transportation Security
● Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection
● Directorate for Management

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 21: Emergency Preparedness and Response: The goals of this directorate include ensuring the nation is prepared for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 22: Science and Technology: The goals of this directorate include sponsoring the development of  Vaccines and treatments for biological attacks. 

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 23: Border and Transportation Security: The main goals of this directorate is to keep terrorists out of the United States, enforce immigration laws and ensure the safety of the nation's transportation systems.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 24: Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection: The goals of this directorate include safeguarding the nation's infrastructure and combining information from intelligence gathering agencies such as the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency and alert the nation to possible terrorist threats.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 25: Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection: There are five degrees of danger, the higher the degree of danger, the more protective measures safety officials are to take:

● Red Alert: A severe threat of a terrorist attack
● Orange Alert: A high risk of a terrorist attack
● Yellow Alert: A significant risk of terrorist attacks
● Blue Alert: A general risk of a terrorist attack
● Green Alert: A low risk of terrorist attacks

N.B. The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) replaced the codes in 2011.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 26: Directorate for Management: The goals of this directorate include responsibilities for the budget and personnel issues of the employees of the Homeland Security Department.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 27: In July 2005 a six-point agenda for the Department of Homeland Security was announced by Secretary Michael Chertoff to:

  1. Increase overall preparedness, particularly in relation to catastrophic events and natural disasters

  2. Create better transportation security systems to move people and goods more securely and efficiently

  3. Strengthen border security and interior enforcement and reform immigration processes

  4. Enhance information sharing

  5. Improve financial management, human resource development and information technology

  6. Realign the Department of Homeland Security organization to maximize mission performance

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 28: The Department of Homeland Security was reorganized following the six-point agenda and review of the department to evaluate the effectiveness of the departmentís operations, policies, and structures.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 29: The Directorates for Border and Transportation Security, Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, and Emergency Response and Preparedness were readjusted and restructured to centralize and improve Policy Development, Information sharing and Coordination and to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in relation to national disasters .

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 30: A new Office of Policy, a new Office of Intelligence and Analysis, a new Directorate for Preparedness  were all created together with a new role of Director of Operations Coordination.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 31: The catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina led to the 2006 Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act that transferred to FEMA all functions of the Preparedness Directorate

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 32: The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 built on the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, focusing on the reorganization of the grant process as administered by FEMA.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 33: On January 8, 2008, President Bush created the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), which is responsible for coordinating cyber security efforts and improving situational awareness and information sharing across the federal government.

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 34: On April 20, 2011 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the implementation of the Department of Homeland Securityís (DHS) National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 35: The Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 barred individuals who had traveled to Iraq, Syria, or other hot spots since 2011 from traveling to the U.S. without a visa and was implemented on January 21, 2016

Department of Homeland Security Facts - 36: Refer to Organizational Chart of Department of Homeland Security dated August 26, 2015 for full details of the current structure and organization.

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