Office of the Director (OD)
Provides strategic planning, internal coordination, and operational support for all activities in the seven
Provides situational awareness, facilitates crisis coordination, supports the Headquarters Incident Management Team and provides emergency communications.
Executive Protective Operations (EPO)
Provides worldwide personal security for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and at times of heightened alert for the Deputy Secretary, regardless of geographical location.
Focuses on safeguarding national security information within USDA, managing security clearances, and determining "suitability for employment" for USDA employees in public trust positions.
There are two branches that fall under PDSD:
Advises the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on homeland security, intelligence, and emergency response issues. In addition, HSD coordinates policy across USDA agencies and offices in the areas of Critical Infrastructure Protection of the Food and Ag Sector, Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness/Response, and Intelligence.
Supports the Secretary of Agriculture in continuity of planning to ensure USDA can perform essential functions during emergency events.
Provides physical security policy and guidance to 29 USDA agencies with 130,000 Federal and Non-Federal Employees in over 24,000 facilities nationwide
Maintains Safe Use of radiation sources in USDA and coordinates USDA's radiological emergency response to national incidents.