Twelve years ago in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was established and consolidated 22 agencies into one organization. Its goal: prevent and respond to attacks and disasters — manmade or otherwise — and safeguard citizen.
Few agencies have incurred the ire of the public as DHS. From the touch-and-feel, naked body scanners of TSA to long lines at Customs and Border Patrol checkpoints and from drug confiscations to long delays in the citizenship process, this agency is rife with problems.
All 22 DHS components have unique missions and plenty gets done in one day. Exactly how much is illustrated in DHS’ daily to-do list. When citizens look at the scope of responsibilities of this giant agency, it is hard not to be impressed. This infographic captures a day in the life of DHS and leaves a lot out.