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National Protection and Programs Directorate

The goal of the National Protection and Programs Directorate is to advance the Department's risk-reduction mission. Reducing risk requires an integrated approach that encompasses both physical and virtual threats and their associated human elements.


The components of the National Protection and Programs Directorate include:

  • Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP): IP leads the coordinated national effort to reduce risk to our critical infrastructures and key resources (CIKR) posed by acts of terrorism. In doing so, the Department increases the nation's level of preparedness and the ability to respond and quickly recover in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency.
  • Office of Intergovernmental Programs (IGP): IGP has the mission of promoting an integrated national approach to homeland security by ensuring, coordinating, and advancing federal interaction with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.
  • US-VISIT uses innovative biometrics-based technological solutions—digital fingerprints and photographs—to provide decision-makers with accurate information when and where they need it. 

This page was last reviewed/modified on April 8, 2009.