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Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan: FY 2012-2016

Published February 2012

The State Department released this document in February 2012. The introduction states, "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2012-2016 presents the Department's goals, derived from the conclusions of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) and the Bottom-Up Review (BUR). The goals include objectives and key performance indicators that are essential for implementation and execution of the Department's responsibilities.

This Plan, like the QHSR process that preceded it, reflects the core principles identified in the Open Government Plan. These three principles—transparency, public participation, and collaboration—are the basic tenets of Open Government. This Strategic Plan describes the Department's Strategic Performance Plan Measures in the context of the QHSR and the homeland security missions. The Plan continues the Department's efforts to prioritize frontline operations while maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of every taxpayer dollar the Department receives. The Plan also describes the Department's efforts to provide essential support to national and economic security, and to mature and strengthen DHS as an institution.

The Plan is built from the deliberations and conclusions of the QHSR, the BUR, and the Department's FY 2012 budget request and FY 2012-2016 Future Years Homeland Security Program, as well as the strategic performance measures articulated in the Department's FY 2010-2012 Annual Performance Report. The Department is committed to improving performance measurement and accountability by increasing the quality of the Department's performance measures and linking those measures to the mission outcomes articulated in the QHSR. DHS is continuously assessing all of its performance measures to improve alignment with the QHSR and create a comprehensive performance plan that will provide the basis for strategic planning and management controls."

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