DHS and the Group of 20 (G20) Summit

On May 28, 2009, President Barack Obama announced that he had chosen Pittsburgh as the host site for the 2009 Group of 20 (G20) Summit to be convened at the end of September. It was soon evident that heightened security would significantly limited mobility in the city during the five-day event. As a result the Department of Human Services (DHS) established continuity plans so as to ensure those who rely on publicly funded services provided by DHS and its contracted agencies would continue to be served. DHS staff also assisted federal and local communications teams to handle media and resident inquiries before and during the event. In addition, in anticipation of the needs of media, DHS prepared short essays describing milestones that had taken place since 1997 at DHS.