6 U.S. Code § 238 - Office for Domestic Preparedness

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(a) In general
The Office for Domestic Preparedness shall be within the Directorate of Border and Transportation Security.
(b) Director
There shall be a Director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness, who shall be appointed by the President. The Director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness shall report directly to the Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security.
(c) Responsibilities
The Office for Domestic Preparedness shall have the primary responsibility within the executive branch of Government for the preparedness of the United States for acts of terrorism, including—
(1) coordinating preparedness efforts at the Federal level, and working with all State, local, tribal, parish, and private sector emergency response providers on all matters pertaining to combating terrorism, including training, exercises, and equipment support;
(2) coordinating or, as appropriate, consolidating communications and systems of communications relating to homeland security at all levels of government;
(3) directing and supervising terrorism preparedness grant programs of the Federal Government (other than those programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services) for all emergency response providers;
(4) incorporating the Strategy priorities into planning guidance on an agency level for the preparedness efforts of the Office for Domestic Preparedness;
(5) providing agency-specific training for agents and analysts within the Department, other agencies, and State and local agencies and international entities;
(6) as the lead executive branch agency for preparedness of the United States for acts of terrorism, cooperating closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which shall have the primary responsibility within the executive branch to prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonterrorist-related disasters in the United States;
(7) assisting and supporting the Secretary, in coordination with other Directorates and entities outside the Department, in conducting appropriate risk analysis and risk management activities of State, local, and tribal governments consistent with the mission and functions of the Directorate;
(8) those elements of the Office of National Preparedness of the Federal Emergency Management Agency which relate to terrorism, which shall be consolidated within the Department in the Office for Domestic Preparedness established under this section; and
(9) helping to ensure the acquisition of interoperable communication technology by State and local governments and emergency response providers.
(d) Fiscal years 2003 and 2004
During fiscal year 2003 and fiscal year 2004, the Director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness established under this section shall manage and carry out those functions of the Office for Domestic Preparedness of the Department of Justice (transferred under this section) before September 11, 2001, under the same terms, conditions, policies, and authorities, and with the required level of personnel, assets, and budget before September 11, 2001.


(Pub. L. 107–296, title IV, § 430,Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2191; Pub. L. 108–458, title VII, § 7303(h)(2),Dec. 17, 2004, 118 Stat. 3847; Pub. L. 112–166, § 2(f)(1),Aug. 10, 2012, 126 Stat. 1284.)

2012—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 112–166struck out “, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate” before period at end of first sentence.
2004—Subsec. (c)(9). Pub. L. 108–458added par. (9).
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 112–166effective 60 days after Aug. 10, 2012, and applicable to appointments made on and after that effective date, including any nomination pending in the Senate on that date, see section 6(a) ofPub. L. 112–166, set out as a note under section 113 of this title.

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6 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large
§ 2382012112-166 [Sec.] 2(f)(1)126 Stat. 1284


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