Department of Homeland Security

By:Alex Gray

The Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003 to take control of more than 20 agencies responsible for controlling domestic terrorism George W. Bush nominated OHS Director Tom Ridge as secretary and expressed great satisfaction with the work Ridge had already done. On June 18,2002 Bush officially ask congress to pass the Homeland Security. If the act passed a secretary would be chosen to head the department and would join the cabinet. Once nominated by the president and approved by the senate, the new secretary would answer to both the president and congress. The secretary decisions could then be reviewed by as many 88 congressional committees. According to the law the mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to make Americans safer from terrorist attacks. It was also designed to keep damage from Terrorist attacks to a minimum,and to make sure that recovery from any attack that do occur is quick and effective.