Except as provided under paragraph (2), there are the following officers, appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate:
(A)A Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, who shall be the Secretary’s first assistant for purposes of subchapter
III of chapter
33 of title
(B)An Under Secretary for Science and Technology.
(C)An Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security.
(D)An Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
(E)A Director of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
(F)An Under Secretary for Management.
(G)A Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement.
(H)An Under Secretary responsible for overseeing critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, and other related programs of the Department.
(I)Not more than 12 Assistant Secretaries.
(J)A General Counsel, who shall be the chief legal officer of the Department.
(2) Assistant Secretaries
If any of the Assistant Secretaries referred to under paragraph (1)(I) is designated to be the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs, the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, or the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, that Assistant Secretary shall be appointed by the President without the advice and consent of the Senate.
(b) Inspector General
There shall be in the Department an Office of Inspector General and an Inspector General at the head of such office, as provided in the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.).
(c) Commandant of the Coast Guard
To assist the Secretary in the performance of the Secretary’s functions, there is a Commandant of the Coast Guard, who shall be appointed as provided in section
44 of title
14 and who shall report directly to the Secretary. In addition to such duties as may be provided in this chapter and as assigned to the Commandant by the Secretary, the duties of the Commandant shall include those required by section
2 of title
(d) Other officers
To assist the Secretary in the performance of the Secretary’s functions, there are the following officers, appointed by the President:
(1)A Director of the Secret Service.
(2)A Chief Information Officer.
(3)An Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
(4)A Director for Domestic Nuclear Detection.
(e) Chief Financial Officer
There shall be in the Department a Chief Financial Officer, as provided in chapter
9 of title
(f) Performance of specific functions
Subject to the provisions of this chapter, every officer of the Department shall perform the functions specified by law for the official’s office or prescribed by the Secretary.
The Inspector General Act of 1978, referred to in subsec. (b), is Pub. L. 95–452, Oct. 12, 1978, 92 Stat. 1101, as amended, which is set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
This chapter, referred to in subsecs. (c) and (f), was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 107–296, Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2135, known as the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section
101 of this title and Tables.
2012—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 112–166redesignated introductory provisions as introductory provisions of par. (1), inserted par. (1) heading, substituted “Except as provided under paragraph (2), there” for “There”, redesignated pars. (1) to (10) as subpars. (A) to (J), respectively, of par. (1), and added par. (2).
2008—Subsec. (d)(3) to (5). Pub. L. 110–388redesignated pars. (4) and (5) as (3) and (4), respectively, and struck out former par. (3) which read as follows: “A Chief Human Capital Officer.”
2007—Subsec. (a)(8) to (10). Pub. L. 110–53added par. (8) and redesignated former pars. (8) and (9) as (9) and (10), respectively.
2006—Subsec. (a)(2) to (4). Pub. L. 109–295, § 612(b)(2), (3), redesignated pars. (3) to (5) as (2) to (4), respectively, and struck out former par. (2) which read as follows: “An Under Secretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection.”
Subsec. (a)(5). Pub. L. 109–295, § 612(b)(3), redesignated par. (6) as (5). Former par. (5) redesignated (4).
Pub. L. 109–295, § 612(b)(1), added par. (5) and struck out former par. (5) which read as follows: “An Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response.”
Subsec. (a)(6) to (10). Pub. L. 109–295, § 612(b)(3), redesignated pars. (7) to (10) as (6) to (9), respectively. Former par. (6) redesignated (5).
2004—Subsec. (a)(8) to (10). Pub. L. 108–458added par. (8) and redesignated former pars. (8) and (9) as (9) and (10), respectively.
Subsec. (d)(4), (5). Pub. L. 108–330, § 3(d)(1)(A)(i), redesignated par. (5) as (4) and struck out former par. (4) which read as follows: “A Chief Financial Officer.”
Subsecs. (e), (f). Pub. L. 108–330, § 3(d)(1)(A)(ii), (iii), added subsec. (e) and redesignated former subsec. (e) as (f).
2003—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 108–7reenacted heading without change and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “There is an Inspector General, who shall be appointed as provided in section 3(a) of the Inspector General Act of 1978.”
Change of Name
Any reference to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in title VI of Pub. L. 109–295or an amendment by title VI to be considered to refer and apply to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency until Mar. 31, 2007, see section 612(f)(2) ofPub. L. 109–295, set out as a note under section
313 of this title.
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment
Pub. L. 112–166, § 6(a),Aug. 10, 2012, 126 Stat. 1295, provided that: “The amendments made by section
2 [see Tables for classification] shall take effect 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Aug. 10, 2012] and apply to appointments made on and after that effective date, including any nomination pending in the Senate on that date.”
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