United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
|Motto: Preserving our Freedoms|
|Formed||November 25, 2002|
|Headquarters||Nebraska Avenue Complex|
|Annual budget||$55.1 billion (2010)|
|Agency executives||Janet Napolitano, Secretary
Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary
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.
- "The Online NewsHour: Domestic Security | The Homeland Security Act | PBS". pbs.org. 2011 [last update]. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/terrorism/homeland/securityact.html. Retrieved April 23, 2011.