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Information Technology Overview


IT Budget History

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$4,384 $4,757 $3,445 $3,640 $4,588 $5,363 $6,532 $6,436 $6,436 $5,557 $5,674 $6,072

Numbers = $millions. (Data from the Office of Management and Budget)

DHS is a Cabinet department of the U.S. Federal Government. The department has the responsibility of responding to natural disasters and protecting the territory of the United States from terrorist or other attacks, with the mission of preparing for, preventing, and responding to domestic emergencies,

DHS became operational on March 1, 2003, and has over 200,000 employees, making it the third largest cabinet department, after the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. Homeland security policy is coordinated at the White House by the Homeland Security Council.

Some other agencies that have specific homeland security responsibilities include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Energy.

Information Technology Background

Information technology (IT) is a critical tool for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, "not only in performing its mission today, but also in transforming how it will do so in the future." In light of the importance of this transformation and the magnitude of the associated challenges, GAO has designated the implementation of the department and its transformation as high risk. GAO has reported that in order to effectively leverage IT as a transformation tool, DHS needs to establish certain institutional management controls and capabilities, such as having an enterprise architecture and making informed portfolio-based decisions across competing IT investments.[1]

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Current Climate

Major Projects by Department - FY2009

Major Projects by Department - FY2009

Leading Projects at DHS - 2007
DHS - Infrastructure
SCO - United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT)
DHS - Integrated Wireless Network (IWN)
CBP - Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
USCIS - IT Transformation

Top Spending Departments - 2007
Citizenship and Immigration Services
Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection
United States Coast Guard
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Border and Transportation Security

Leading Contract Winners at DHS
Northrop Grumman Corp. - Services
Pragmatics - Services
Apogen Technologies - Services
Unisys - Services
QSS Group - Services
De;; Computer Corp. - Products

Recent GAO Reports Critical of DHS
In report GAO-07-424, entitled INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: DHS Needs to Fully Define and Implement Policies and Procedures for Effectively Managing Investments GAO says DHS didn't fully define eight of 11 policies and procedures listed under the IT Investment Management framework created via the Clinger-Cohen Act. Whiler progress was noted on several fronts, the report mentioned that procedures for selecting investments do not cite specific criteria or steps for prioritizing and selecting new IT investments.

Another Report from GAO, Published in April, 2007, discusses the need for improved Homeland Security Computer Networks.

DHS Grants to States

Full list of 2008 grants to states from the Department of Homeland Security. Available directly from the DHS site (.pdf format). These are grants to help states and communities strengthenand protect their critical infrastructures.

Other lists can be found here:  2007 grants2006 grants.

IT Budget History

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$4,384 $4,757 $3,445 $3,640 $4,588 $5,363 $6,532 $6,436 $6,436 $5,557 $5,674 $6,072

Numbers = $millions. (Data from the Office of Management and Budget)

Note on 2007 & 2008: Most civilian agencies other that the Homeland Security Department have not had a full budget approved since FY2006. A continuing resolution has keep agency spending near 2006 levels. Homeland Security had its budget boosted in mid-2007, and approved for 2008.

Critical Infrastructure

Procurement Methods

Federal Register - DHS


Latest DHS News

Additional Homeland Security News

Related Links

  • Learn more about the DHS Einstein Program that's designed for intelligence-sharing.

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Agency Profile

U.S. Department of
Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528

Web site

Headquarters: Nebraska Avenue

Employees 240,000
Annual budget US$60.8 billion (FY 2013)

To lead the unified national effort to secure America. To prevent and deter terrorist attacks and protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the nation. To ensure safe and secure borders, welcome lawful immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce. Formed from the National Strategy for Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Act of 2002.[1] There also are several Department of Homeland Security strategic goals.

Major sub-organizations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Transportation Security Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
United States Secret Service
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
U.S. Coast Guard

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[2]From the DHS Strategic Plan.

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