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Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

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.

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary (acting) – Brian Hyer
  • Director of State and Local Affairs – Brian Hyer
  • Director of Tribal Affairs – Laurel Iron Cloud

IGA is focused on outreach to three major external partner groups: State officials, local officials and tribal governments. The State & Local, and Tribal teams are each served by a Director, who is charged with overseeing outreach, engagement, and collaboration with SLTT partners on a variety of DHS-related programs and policy issues.

State and Local Affairs

State and Local Affairs is the designated lead for state and local relations and consultation at the Department. Governors, State Homeland Security Advisors (HSAs), state agencies, Mayors, Deputy Mayors, local emergency managers, City Councilors, County Commissioners and other local officials nationwide constitute a large amount of the Department’s outreach and collaboration. IGA Engagement Managers are tasked with maintaining relationships and situational awareness of events and issues in all 56 states and territories, cities and localities nationwide, as well as communicating with numerous associations that address homeland security-related issues.

Engagement Managers 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.

Tribal Government Affairs

The Department acknowledges the importance of working in a nation-to-nation manner with the 578 federally recognized Native Alaskan Village and American Indian Tribal governments. IGA is the designated lead for tribal relations and consultation at the Department. The Department’s Tribal Consultation Policy guides our efforts to meet the requirements of Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. The tribal government affairs program supports DHS components in their interactions with tribal nations with a focus on developing mutually responsive engagement approaches.

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

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Last Updated: 05/10/2024
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