MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF SELECTED DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
Determination Orders Organizing the Department of Homeland Security
On November 25, 2002, the President signed HR 5005 establishing the Department
of Homeland Security (Public Law 107-296). The new department represents
both a substantial improvement to our domestic security and a momentous
change in the organization of the federal government.
This reorganization will meld twenty-two Federal agencies and programs
into the new department. Given the incoming entities’ widely disparate
policies, procedures, and information systems, the change will be difficult
and require a high level of cooperation and coordination, both among those
bound for the new department and from the agencies that are contributing
these resources to homeland security.
An important step in the establishment of the new department is the determination
order process. Through the determination order, agencies will document
key financial, logistical, and human resources to be transferred to the
Department of Homeland Security. The President’s November 25th Reorganization
Plan for the department calls for the transfer of most component agencies
and programs to the new department by March 1, 2003.
Attached is specific guidance on the information needed regarding entities
transferring to the new Department. This information will be required
to support the determination order. While the receipt of all of the information
is not a prerequisite for the transfer of an agency or program, at a minimum
Sections A and B will be required two weeks prior to the transfer of an
entity to the department. Timely delivery of this information will facilitate
a more orderly transition. For entities transferring on March 1, 2003,
at least Sections A and B will need to be received by February 14, 2003.
The data collection will be coordinated by the Department of Homeland
Security CFO Working Group. This will be discussed by the CFO Working
Group at their January 8th meeting, located at the US Secret Service HQ
building. Please contact Steve Colo at USSS (202/406-5780) for access
to this meeting.
Please address any questions to Marco Terango (202/786-0024) at the Transition
Office or David Haun (202/395-5090) at OMB.