Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology

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United States
Under Secretary of Homeland Security
for Science and Technology
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Incumbent
Dr. Tara O'Toole, MD, MPH[1]

since November 12, 2009
Formation 2003
Website [1]

The Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology is a high level civilian official in the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Under Secretary, as head of the Science and Technology Directorate at DHS, is the principal staff assistant and adviser to both the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security for all DHS technological research.

The Under Secretary is appointed from civilian life by the President with the consent of the Senate to serve at the pleasure of the President. The current Under Secretary is Dr. Tara O'Toole, MD, MPH, who was appointed by President Barack Obama on November 12, 2009.

Overview[edit]

The Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology (USHS(S&T)) is responsible for scientific and technological research designed to provide new security and resilience innovations.

With the rank of Under Secretary, the USHS(S&T) is a Level III position within the Executive Schedule. Since January 2010, the annual rate of pay for Level III is $165,300.

Reporting Officials[edit]

Officials reporting to the USHS(S&T) include:

  • Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology
  • Director of Support to the Homeland Security Enterprise and First Responders
  • Director
    • Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
      • Borders and Maritime Security Division
      • Chemical/Biological Defense Division
      • Cyber Security Division
      • Explosive Division
      • Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division
      • Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division
  • Director of Acquisition Support and Operations Analysis
  • Director of Research and Development Partnership

Budget[edit]

DHS Science and Technology Budget, FY11-13 ($ in thousands) [2]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ DHS Biography
  2. ^ "Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Budget Budget in Brief, DHS, pg 169". Department of Homeland Security. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-10.