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Homeland Security Enterprise

Since the Department's creation, the goal is simple: one DHS, one enterprise, a shared vision, with integrated results-based operations.

The Department of Homeland Security was formed in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as part of a determined national effort to safeguard the United States against terrorism. The Department became the third-largest federal department, bringing together 22 different federal agencies, each with a role in this effort. Since the Department's creation, the goal is simple: one DHS, one enterprise, a shared vision, with integrated results-based operations. 

We are implementing a series of wide-ranging efficiency initiatives that leverage the economies of scale in our Department in order to recover hundreds of millions of dollars and create a culture of responsibility and fiscal discipline. DHS has taken significant steps to create a unified and integrated Department that will enhance our performance by focusing on:

  • accountability
  • efficiency
  • transparency, and
  • leadership development
  • Academic Engagement

    DHS works with the academic community - including school administrators, faculty, and students - on a range of issues.

  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

    Safeguarding civil rights and civil liberties is elemental to all the work we do at DHS.

  • Do Business with DHS

    Learn how to work with DHS, how we assist small businesses, and about our policies, regulations, and business opportunities.

  • Federal Protective Service

    The Federal Protective Service protects federal facilities, their occupants, and visitors by providing superior law enforcement and protective security services, and by leveraging our access to the intelligence and information resources of our network of federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners.

  • Financial Assistance

    Learn about the types of programs DHS funds to help meet our nation's homeland security challenges.

  • Homeland Security Careers

    DHS has unique career opportunities to serve your country, and reward your skills and talents.

  • Information Sharing

    Protecting the country from ever-evolving, transnational threats requires a strengthened homeland security enterprise that shares information across traditional organizational boundaries.

  • Intelligence and Analysis

    Equipping the Homeland Security Enterprise with the intelligence and information needed to keep the Homeland safe, secure, and resilient.

  • International Engagement

    We work closely with our international partners to advance physical and economic security around the globe.

  • LGBTQI+ Community Resources

    DHS has resources to help the LGBTQI+ community prevent and respond to threats. 

  • Law Enforcement Partnerships

    Law enforcement partners at the state, local, tribal and territorial levels are essential to our nation’s domestic defense against terrorism. They are this country’s eyes and ears, and the first line of detection and prevention.

  • Privacy

    The DHS Privacy Office is responsible for evaluating the Department programs, systems, and initiatives for potential privacy impacts, and providing strategies to reduce the privacy impact.

  • U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security

    The United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy), responding to the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, seeks to increase women’s meaningful leadership in political and civic life.

Last Updated: 06/08/2023