I don’t see a lot of front page news about the potential shutdown of The Department of Homeland Security. I don’t see a lot of commentary on the TV news I watch daily. I am concerned about this. I was in the government when DHS was created. I worked on a team that helped one of the agencies transition from one part of the federal government to the new part (DHS).
I am amazed that DHS is part of this national budget debate. This is the department that blinked and received money, lots of money. The other federal agencies admired their power and their access to resources.
As a retired federal government employee I wonder if all of us really know what’s inside DHS. Just in case we do not know, I am simply listing the names and web sites of the entities that reside under DHS so we all can know for certain. You can do this for yourself.
DHS mission – ” to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear – keeping America safe.”
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service – We know this part. This has been in the news.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection – “With more than 60,000 employees, CBP is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.”
U.S.Coast Guard – “The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests and environment around the world.”
Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.”
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (I didn’t know about this one. Learn something new every day.) – “We train those who protect our homeland.”
U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement – I think we know about this one too.
Transportation Security Administration – If you fly around this country and/or the world, you know this one. Even if you don’t, you need to be aware of the TSA anyway.
U.S. Secret Service – This one has been in the news lately so you should know about them.
Directorate for Management – basically handles the DHS budget stuff.
National Protection Programs Directorate – “NPPD leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure. ”
Getting tired yet? To much information? One more for your reading enjoyment.
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office – “DNDO is the primary entity in the U.S. government for implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs. ”
What do I mean by all this? We should all be aware of what our federal government and its agencies really do. Particularly when our leadership says we don’t need them.
Be part of the informed citizenry. Don’t just automatically believe what you hear from your leaders or on the major news stations.
Know for yourself.
Let me know what you think about this.