United States Department of Homeland Security

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]

United States Department of Homeland Security
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DHS headquarters in Washington D.C.
Agency overview
FormedNovember 25, 2002; 20 years ago (2002-11-25)
JurisdictionUnited States
HeadquartersSt. Elizabeths West Campus, Washington, D.C., U.S.
38.8547°N 77.0000°W / 38.8547; -77.0000
Employees240,000 (2018)[1]
Annual budget$51.672 billion (FY 2020)[2]
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"The DHS March"

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.

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