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DHS' Progress in 2011: Providing Essential Support to National and Economic Security

Highlighting Our Progress in 2011: Department of Homeland Security

DHS leads and supports many activities that provide essential support to national and economic security including, but not limited to: maximizing collections of customs revenue; maintaining the safety and security of the marine transportation system; preventing the exploitation of children; providing law enforcement training; and coordinating with the federal government’s response to global intellectual property theft. DHS contributes in many ways to these elements of broader U. S. national and economic security while fulfilling its other five homeland security missions.


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection processed nearly $2.3 trillion in trade – a 14 percent increase over FY 2010 – as well as more than 340 million travelers and nearly 25 million containers through our nation’s ports of entry.
  • Analyst checking U.S. billIn FY 2011, the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) prevented $5.6 billion in potential losses through financial crime investigations, and $1.5 billion through cyber crime investigations.
  • During FY 2011, USSS seized over $70 million of counterfeit currency before it entered public circulation.
  • U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flying over cityThe U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) responded to more than 20,500 Search and Rescue cases and saved over 4,330 lives.
  • USCG conducted more than 6,200 Marine Casualty investigations, including more than 4,200 marine casualties for vessels and more than 1,200 pollution investigations.
  • USCG conducted more than 46,000 recreational vessel boardings, issued more than 8,000 citations, and addressed more than 140 significant fishery violations during boardings aboard 5,500 U.S. vessels.
  • USCG investigated and responded to approximately 3,000 pollution incidents.
  • USCG Port Security Units from Gulfport, MS and Everett, WA completed six-month deployments in support of U.S. Central Command in the Northern Arabian Gulf. These units provided security at strategic port locations ensuring the free flow of personnel, equipment and commerce in the region.

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Highlighting the Department's Progress in 2011

Last Published Date: September 10, 2014
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