Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis

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United States
Under Secretary of Homeland Security
for Intelligence and Analysis
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Incumbent
John D. Cohen.[1]
Acting

since February 12, 2014
Formation 2007
Website [2]

The Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis is a high level civilian official in the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Under Secretary, as head of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at DHS, is the principal staff assistant and adviser to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security for fusing law enforcement and intelligence information relating to terrorist threats.

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 Acting Under Secretary is John D. Cohen, who has served in an acting capacity since the announcement of the nomination of Francis X. Taylor to be the next Undersecretary of DHS I&A on February 12, 2014[2]

Overview[edit]

The Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis (USHS(I&A)) is the chief intelligence officer for the United States Department of Homeland Security. Representing DHS within the United States Intelligence Community, the Under Secretary participates in inter-agency counter-terrorism efforts and is responsible for ensuring that state and local law enforcement officials receive information on terrorist threats from national-level intelligence agencies.

When the position was created by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 along with DHS, the position was originally known as the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Information Analysis. At that time, the position was within the DHS Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate. Following a 2005 reorganization of DHS, the position was made independent, appointed DHS Chief Intelligence Officer, and renamed Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis. The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-53) was enacted on August 7, 2007 and reorganized intelligence operations at DHS, elevating the Assistant Secretary to the Under Secretary level.[3][4]

With the rank of Under Secretary, the USHS(I&A) 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]

As head of the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, officials reporting to the USHS(I&A) include:

  • Principal Deputy Under Secretary
    • Deputy Under Secretary – Enterprise and Mission Support
    • Deputy Under Secretary – Analysis
    • Deputy Under Secretary – Plans, Policy, and Performance Management
    • Director, State and Local Program Office

Office holders[edit]

Under Secretaries of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis
Portrait Name Date Appointed Tenure Secretary(s) Served Under President(s) Served Under
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Intelligence and Analysis)
Allen 2005.jpg Charles E. Allen 2005 August, 2007 Michael Chertoff George W. Bush
Under Secretary of Homeland Security (Intelligence and Analysis)
Allen 2005.jpg Charles E. Allen August, 2007 January, 2009 Michael Chertoff George W. Bush
Bart R. Johnson May 19, 2009 February 11, 2010 Janet Napolitano Barack Obama
Caryn Wagner February 11, 2010 December 21, 2012 Janet Napolitano Barack Obama
William E. Tarry, Jr. December 21, 2012 Present Janet Napolitano Barack Obama
  Denotes acting Under Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ DHS Leadership List
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Creation of the Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Homeland Security, 2013-07-14
  4. ^ Statement for the Record of Caryn A. Wagner, Under Secretary and Chief Intelligence Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, before the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence House Committee on Homeland Security, United States Department of Homeland Security, Released 2011-06-01, Retrieved 2013-07-14