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organizations into 13 major agency components10 (see fig. 1). The 13
components and their missions:
* Office of Management-responsible for such things as the budget,
appropriations, expenditure of funds, accounting and finance,
procurement, and information technology.
* Science and Technology-serve as the primary research and
development arm of DHS with a focus on catastrophic terrorism-
threats to the security of our homeland that could result in large-scale
loss of life and major economic impact.
* Transportation Security Administration-protect the nation's
transportation systems by ensuring the freedom of movement for people
* Customs and Border Protection-manage, control, and protect the
nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry.
* Immigration and Customs Enforcement-prevent acts of terrorism by
targeting the people, money, and materials that support terrorist and
criminal activities. It is the largest investigative arm of DHS.
* Federal Law Enforcement Training Center-prepare federal, state,
local, and international law enforcement professionals to fulfill their
responsibilities safely and proficiently, ensuring that training is
accomplished in the most cost-effective manner.
* Emergency Preparedness and Response-ensure that our nation is
prepared for incidents-whether natural disasters or terrorist
assaults-and oversees the federal government's national response and
oDHS aggregates the 13 major agency components' data and reports on the department's
compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).
However, as shown in figure 1, the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and
Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Federal Law Enforcement
Training Center report to the Under Secretary Border and Transportation Security; and the
Under Secretary Border and Transportation Security is not a separate component for FISMA
GAO-05-700 DHS Information Security
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Information Security: Department of Homeland Security Needs to Fully Implement Its Security Program, report, June 17, 2005; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc295505/m1/9/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.