Created after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security is charged with handling any threats our nation may face. It is also house the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is charged with responding to natural disaster. Since its inception as a combination of several existing agencies, DHS has struggled to create a unified mission across all of its disparate responsibilities, handling anything from the coast guard, to law enforcement issues to disaster relief.  An agency that has been pegged with having excessive overhead costs should be streamlined to fit today’s efficiency standards. In addition, Congress and DHS should seriously evaluate all DHS programs and priorities.

45.2 Billion Annual Budget

Kirstjen Nielsen Secretary

240,000 Government Employees

Budget Growth 2012 - 2016

$3.53 Trillion

Annual budget for the federal government

$45.2 Billion

Percentage of Federal Budget