DHS' Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) is responsible for monitoring the daily security of the United States. It does so by coordinating activities within DHS, with state governors, Homeland Security Advisors, law enforcement partners, and with critical infrastructure operators in all 50 states. Among its duties,

OPS is responsible for overseeing the National Operations Center, conducting joint operations across all organizational elements, coordinating activities related to incident management, and employing all DHS resources to translate intelligence and policy into action.

OPS is working with select components within the DHS to provide situational awareness and establish a common operating picture for the federal government, and for state, local, and tribal governments as appropriate, and to ensure that critical disaster-related information reaches government decision makers consistent with Section 515 of the Homeland Security Act (6 U.S.C. §321d(b)(1)).


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