Under President George W. Bushs leadership, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has achieved considerable success in protecting the nation from dangerous people and goods, securing the nations critical infrastructure, strengthening emergency preparedness and response and unifying department operations. More than seven years without an attack on U.S. soil is a testament to this departments 218,000 employees, the intelligence community and the nations first responders and law enforcement officers.
Over 2008, we remained focused on strengthening the foundations for successful execution of our mission. We continued to listen, learn, and grow as a department. And we continued to work in a spirit of collaboration with our federal, state, and local partners, and with the American people all of whom are equal partners in helping us protect our country, as well as equal stakeholders in our progress to achieve our five major goals: