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United States Secretary of Homeland Security

United States Secretary of Homeland Security
PostUnited States Secretary
BodyHomeland Security
InsigniaUS Department of Homeland Security Seal.svg
InsigniacaptionOfficial Seal
DepartmentUnited States Department of Homeland Security
IncumbentJanet Napolitano
IncumbentsinceJanuary 21, 2009
FirstTom Ridge
FormationJanuary 24, 2003

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The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. The position was created by the Homeland Security Act following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new department consisted primarily of components transferred from other cabinet departments because of their role in homeland security, such as the Coast Guard, Federal Protective Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (which includes the Border Patrol), Secret Service, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It did not, however, include the FBI or the CIA.

On January 20, 2009, the Senate confirmed Barack Obama's appointment of Janet Napolitano to be the third Secretary of Homeland Security. To assure a smooth transition however, Michael Chertoff was asked not to resign until the morning of January 21, 2009.

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Homeland Security Secretary visits CGA - Tweet this news"As we have hardened the land borders of the -United States-, we can expect to see more drug traffickers and human traffickers trying to enter our country," ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 21:30:58 GMT+00:00
Secure Communities Program Aims To Be Nationwide by 2013 - Nation's Cities Weekly Tweet this news
Nation's Cities Weekly--According to recent statements by -Homeland Security Secretary- Janet Napolitano and other officials, Secure Communities is not viewed as an "opt-in/opt-out" ... - Date : Mon, 25 Oct 2010 04:25:52 GMT+00:00
Homeland Security Secretary: US Visa reform would help border enforcement - Visa Bureau Tweet this news
Visa Bureau--The -Homeland Security Secretary- Janet Napolitano has said an overhaul of US immigration laws is a chance to strengthen enforcement tools, such as toughening ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:04:32 GMT+00:00
US Legislative Immigration Reform Update October 25, 2010 - Right Side News Tweet this news
Right Side News--FAIR tracks pending immigration laws in the -United States- which can impact -homeland security- in positive or negative ways and are a valued resource. ... - Date : Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:14:54 GMT+00:00
Mexican agents graduate from ICE's first immigration training program - Tweet this news -United States- has set aside $1.4 billion in aid for Mexico through this initiative. -Secretary- Napolitano and her Mexican counterparts have engaged in an ... - Date : Mon, 25 Oct 2010 21:13:43 GMT+00:00

United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
18th in lineSucceeded by

James M. Loy Pennsylvania February 1, 2005 February 15, 2005
  Michael Chertoff New Jersey February 15, 2005 January 21, 2009
  Janet Napolitano Arizona January 21, 2009 Incumbent Barack Obama

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Tom Ridge 2003 2005 August 26, 1945(age 69)
James Loy 2005 (acting) August 10, 1942(age 72)
Michael Chertoff 2005-2009 November 28, 1953(age 61)

United States Secretaries of Homeland Security

Ridge * Chertoff * Napolitano

Department of Homeland Security

Deputy SecretaryUnited States Coast Guard * Immigration and Customs Enforcement * Citizenship and Immigration Services * Customs and Border Protection * Federal Emergency Management Agency * Federal Law Enforcement Training Center * United States Secret Service * Office of Operations Coordination * Transportation Security Administration
National Protection
and Programs
Federal Protective Service * National Communications System * National Cyber Security Division * US-VISIT * Infrastructure Protection
Science and
Innovation Division (Including Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency) * Explosives Division * Chemical and Biological Division * Border and Maritime Security Division * Command, Control, and Interoperability Division * Human Factors Division * Infrastructure/Geophysical Division
Intelligence and AnalysisOffice of Intelligence and Analysis
ManagementManagement Directorate
PolicyPolicy Development * International Affairs * State and Local Law Enforcement * Private Sector * Immigration Statistics * Screening Coordination * Strategic Plans * Homeland Security Advisory Council

Leaders of the United States federal executive departments

Agriculture * Commerce * Defense * Education * Energy * Health and Human Services * Homeland Security * Housing and Urban Development * Interior * Justice * Labor * State * Transportation * Treasury * Veterans Affairs
Past department leaders: Commerce and Labor * Health, Education, and Welfare * Navy * Post Office * War

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