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About the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mission

The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) promotes an integrated national approach to homeland security by coordinating and advancing federal interaction with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments. IGA is responsible for opening the homeland security dialogue with executive-level partners at the SLTT levels, along with the national associations that represent them.

Leadership and Organization

Assistant Secretary – Phil McNamara
Deputy Assistant Secretary– Alaina Clark
Director of Local Affairs – Brad Johnson
Director of Tribal Affairs - David Munro

IGA is focused on three major areas, each of which is served by a "Desk" dedicated to serving its stakeholders. The State, Local, and Tribal Desks are each served by a Director, who is charged with overseeing outreach and developing lasting partnerships with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) stakeholders on a variety of issues and policy agendas.

State Desk

The State Desk is the designated lead for state relations and consultation at the Department. Governors, State Homeland Security Advisors (HSA), and state agencies constitute a large amount of the Department’s outreach and collaboration. IGA State Coordinators are tasked with maintaining relationships and situational awareness of events and issues in all 56 states and territories, as well as communicating with numerous associations that address homeland security-related issues.

State Coordinators are also responsible for maintaining an up-to-date awareness and continuous communication with all Department of Homeland Security components, and facilitating direct communication and flow of information on all Department issues with our SLTT stakeholders.

Local and Urban Affairs Desk

The Local and Urban Affairs Desk is the designated lead for local and urban relations and consultation at the Department. Through the Local and Urban Affairs Desk at IGA, the Department emphasizes direct relationships with cities and localities across the country in order to understand the needs of one of our key stakeholders and to incorporate local and urban views into the policy formation process.

Tribal Desk

IGA is the designated lead for tribal relations and consultation at the Department. In its "Plan of Action" (PDF - 12 pages, 125 KB), IGA has identified a number of near- and medium-term actions the Department should take to implement the policies and directives of E.O. 13175 and the November 5, 2009 Presidential Memorandum. IGA created the Tribal Plan of Action in consultation with tribal governments, and is working to ensure effective communication regarding these efforts across the Department and with tribal nations.

Interagency IGA Offices

Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

By phone:
(202) 282-9310

By e-mail:
DHS.IGA@hq.dhs.gov

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