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U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Agency Overview

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DHS protects the homeland in a variety of ways including: aviation, maritime, and border security; immigration management; cyber security; transnational criminal investigations; and resiliency. Through security assistance, DHS works with foreign partners to develop a broad range of joint approaches to shared international security challenges. DHS foreign assistance advances the security of our Nation by building up our international partners so they may detect and respond to transnational threats before such threats reach U.S. borders.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Data

U.S. government agencies report data quarterly to ForeignAssistance.gov to comply with the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 (FATAA). Each agency is required by FATAA to report data for FY2015 as the minimum base year, although some agencies have reported data prior to FY2015. Agency reporting completeness for FY2015 onward is captured below.

Data Last Updated: 9/11/2020

Requested Funding By Fiscal Year |

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Appropriated Funding By Fiscal Year |

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Obligated Funding By Fiscal Year | DHS

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Spent Funding By Fiscal Year | DHS

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Award Table | DHS

U.S. agencies issue awards to implementing partners for the purpose of delivering foreign assistance abroad. These awards are the basis of the data available on this page. An award consists of individual financial transactions that agencies report to ForeignAssistance.gov each quarter. Award data includes quantitative information, like the aggregate amount of funding agencies have obligated or spent for particular activities, as well as qualitative information, like activity titles, descriptions, locations, and implementers.

The below table displays the foreign assistance awards agencies made, as reported by their accounting systems. Please note that this data represents aggregations of transaction-level information as reported by agencies, based on available fields at the time of reporting. Actual award totals may be higher if agencies have not yet reported transactions for certain years of a given award.

Click on the arrow next to an individual award to see additional details like links to strategies, evaluations, and budgets; select multiple awards and then tap the download button to unlock a customized dataset with detailed information on each transaction.

ForeignAssistance.gov publishes new data every two to three weeks. To see what we’re publishing, visit our What’s New page. For a primer on the kinds of data we offer, read our Understanding the Data page. And for everything else, consult our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Frequently Asked Questions | DHS

Why does DHS perform foreign assistance?

DHS engagement in security cooperation – including foreign assistance – enables the United States and foreign partners to identify and mitigate common transnational threats. DHS’s technical expertise is a benchmark across the international community, and DHS assistance strengthens the overall relationship between DHS and its foreign counterparts.

What is the Homeland Security role in foreign policy?

DHS works with foreign partners through joint operations and investigations, data sharing, and foreign assistance to combat terrorism and transnational crime. Also, DHS works in partnership with foreign governments to ensure international cargo and travel are secure and safe, coordinate disaster response efforts, and increase cyber security.

What type of security sector assistance does DHS provide?

DHS provides training and technical assistance to partner governments. Areas DHS provides assistance with include: land border security; maritime security; immigration screening and management; air transportation security; cargo and supply chain security; customs duty collection; cyber security; infrastructure protection; disaster response and resiliency; criminal and financial investigations; and rule of law initiatives.

Who from DHS performs foreign assistance?

Depending on the assistance needed, law enforcement personnel and other subject experts from DHS Operational Components will provide assistance to our foreign partners:
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • U.S. Secret Service (USSS)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD)

How does DHS provide security sector assistance?

Much of the assistance that DHS currently provides is in the training arena to foreign government partners. Training may occur in the partner nation, or at DHS training facilities, such as the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers. DHS also provides technical assistance to build and advance capabilities for homeland security-related topics.
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