DHS Science and Technology Directorate

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is a component within the United States Department of Homeland Security. DHS-S&T serves as the research and development arm of the Department as it fulfills its national security mission.

DHS Science and Technology Directorate
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Agency overview
JurisdictionUnited States
HeadquartersDHS Nebraska Avenue Complex, Washington D.C.
Employees491 (2012)
Annual budget$0.8 billion (2012)
Agency executive
Parent agencyDepartment of Homeland Security
WebsiteDHS Science and Technology Directorate

The Science and Technology Directorate is led by the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology, who is appointed by the President of the United States with confirmation by the United States Senate. William N. Bryan is the acting Under Secretary.

Initiatives and programsEdit

The Under Secretary for Homeland Security Science and Technology currently administers a number of publicly available programs to promote independent development of homeland security technologies.

SAFECOM is the Federal umbrella program designed to foster interoperability among the Nation’s public safety practitioners, so that they may communicate across disciplines and jurisdictions during an emergency.

SAFETY Act provides liability protections that make it feasible for sellers of qualified antiterrorism technologies to introduce homeland security solutions to the marketplace

Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) is a five-year, $10 million program to promote the creation and use of open security and open-source software in the United States government and military.[1] In October 2011, the directorate won the Open Source for America 2011 Government Deployment Open Source Award for the program.[2]


DHS Science and Technology Budget, FY11-13 ($ in thousands) [3]
Line Item FY11 Actual FY12 Actual FY13 Request
Management and Administration 140,918 135,000 138,008
Acquisition and Operations Support 47,080 54,154 47,984
Laboratory Facilities 140,000 176,500 127,432
Research, Development, and Innovation 459,690 265,783 478,048
University Programs 39,890 36,563 40,000
Total Budget 827,578 668,000 831,472

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hsu, Jeremy (2011-05-26). "U.S. Considers Open-Source Software for Cybersecurity". NBC News. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  2. ^ Rockwell, Mark (2011-10-18). "DHS technology directorate wins awards for cyber security efforts". Government Security News. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  3. ^ "Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Budget Budget in Brief, DHS, pg 169" (PDF). Department of Homeland Security. 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-29.

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