United States Department of Homeland Security facts for kids
Motto: Preserving our Freedoms
|Formed||November 25, 2002|
|Headquarters||Nebraska Avenue Complex|
|Annual budget||$55.1 billion (2010)|
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 duty of protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks and helping when there is a natural disaster.
In 2002, because of the September 11 attacks in 2001, Congress passed a bill called the Homeland Security Act, which created the Department of Homeland Security. Tom Ridge was the first leader of the Department of Homeland Security. This was the biggest change to the federal government in 50 years.
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President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004 on October 1, 2003.
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