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Science and Technology

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is the Department’s primary research and development arm and manages science and technology research, from development through transition, for the Department's operational components and first responders.

  • Moving Towards Credentialing Interoperability

    Credentialing is a system by which identification cards or other tokens are used to authenticate a person and transmit skills, qualifications, and other attributes associated with that identity. Interoperability, in the credentialing context, provides the capability for a jurisdiction to access information and trust its legitimacy in order to make decisions about granting access and privileges.

  • IED/Active Shooter Guidance for First Responders

    The First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents translates evidence-based response strategies from the U.S. military’s vast experience in responding to and managing casualties from IED and/or active shooter incidents into the civilian first responder environment. This guidance also incorporates civilian best practices and lessons learned from similar incidents, both in the United States and abroad.

  • S&T Standards Protecting the Nation Against Suspected Biological Attacks

    The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed national operational guidance and sample collection protocols to effectively coordinate the bio-threat response activities of local hazmat and law enforcement, emergency response officials, on-scene coordinators, environmental and hazardous materials response teams, laboratories, and public health officials.

  • S&T FOIA Logs

    This log contains the incoming Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)  for each fiscal year.

  • Executive Summary to Report from the USSS Protective Mission Panel

    The paramount mission of the United States Secret Service-protecting the President and other high-ranking national officials-allows no tolerance for error. A single miscue, or even a split-second delay, could have disastrous consequences for the Nation and the world. The men and women of the Secret Service fulfill one of the most important obligations in this country, and they do so often with no personal recognition, no desire for fame, and modest compensation. We know special agents of the United States Secret Service as the silent figures around the President, but we tend to notice them only in the extraordinarily rare moments when they fail. Most Americans know little of the work of the Secret Service's Uniformed Division and do not realize that it is the Uniformed Division that plays a primary role in the protection of the White House.

  • S&T HSSTAC Meeting Minutes

    S&T HSSTAC Meeting Minutes

  • Protecting Responders Health After A Wide-Area Aerosol Anthrax Attack

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued guidance, based on a federal interagency working group effort, to educate first responders on protective actions they should take in the event of a wide-area anthrax release.  The document, “Guidance for Protecting Responders’ Health during the First Week Following a Wide-Area Aerosol Anthrax Attack,” focuses on a specific scenario of a large-scale aerosol anthrax release in a major U.S. city and the immediate post-attack environment.

  • S&T HSSTAC Meeting Briefs

    Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee Meeting Briefs

  • S&T HSSTAC Meeting Agenda

    Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

  • Supporting Documentation (Science and Technology Directorate, Plum Island) for the Categorical Exclusions Detailed Administrative Record, Management Directive 5100.1, Environmental Planning Program

    Environmental Assessments and Findings of No Significant Impact from Plum Island for the proposed categorical exclusions contained in the draft Management Directive 5100.1, Environmental Planning Program.