13. What is the Department of Homeland Security?

The Department of Homeland Security’s overriding and urgent mission is to lead the unified national effort to secure the country and preserve our freedoms.  While the Department was created to secure our country against those who seek to disrupt the American way of life, its charter also includes preparation for and response to all hazards and disasters.  NSEP recipients have found employment in many different offices within the Department of Homeland Security, including Customs and Border Patrol, the Office of Domestic Preparedness and the Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services. For more information on the Department, visit http://www.dhs.gov.