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  Department of Homeland Security - History
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Websitehttp://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/
Established October 08, 2001
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedIndyGeorgia May 26, 2015 09:12pm
DescriptionOverview
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), commonly known in the
United States as "Homeland Security", is a Cabinet department of the U.S. federal
government with the responsibility of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist
attacks and responding to natural disasters.

Whereas the Department of Defense is charged with military actions abroad, the
Department of Homeland Security works in the civilian sphere to protect the United
States within, at, and outside its borders. Its goal is to prepare for, prevent, & respond
to domestic emergencies, particularly terrorism.

With over 200,000 employees, DHS is the 3rd largest Cabinet department in the U.S.
federal government, after the Department of Defense & Department of Veterans Affairs.
Homeland security policy is coordinated at the White House by the Homeland Security
Council.

Timeline
The Office of Homeland Security (OHS) was established on October 8, 2001. Former
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge assumed the position of OHS Director on that date.

The department was established on November 25, 2002, by the Homeland Security Act
of 2002. It was intended to consolidate U.S. executive branch organizations related to
"homeland security" into a single Cabinet agency.

DHS officially began operations on January 24, 2003, the same day Ridge was named
secretary and began naming his chief deputies. But most of the department's
component agencies were not transferred into the new Department until March 1.

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Date Type Results
Feb 02, 2021 Confirmation
 Alejandro Mayorkas
56
56.57%
  Reject
43
43.43%
Jan 20, 2021 Acting
 David Pekoske
1
100.00%
Jan 12, 2021 Acting
 Pete Gaynor
1
100.00%
Nov 01, 2019 Acting
 Chad Wolf
1
100.00%
Apr 11, 2019 Acting
 Kevin McAleenan
1
100.00%
Dec 05, 2017 Confirmation
 Kirstjen Nielsen
62
62.63%
  Reject
37
37.37%
Jul 31, 2017 Appointment
 Elaine Duke
1
100.00%
Jan 20, 2017 Confirmation
 John F. Kelly
88
88.89%
  Reject
11
11.11%
Dec 16, 2013 Confirmation
 Jeh Johnson
78
82.98%
  Reject
16
17.02%
Jan 20, 2009 Confirmation
 Janet Napolitano
99
100.00%
  Reject
0
0.00%
Feb 15, 2005 Confirmation
 Michael Chertoff
98
100.00%
Feb 01, 2005 Acting
 James Milton Loy
1
100.00%
Jan 22, 2003 Confirmation
 Tom Ridge
94
100.00%
Oct 08, 2001 Appointment
 Tom Ridge
1
100.00%

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