To address the continuing threat of terrorism and to work with the federal Department of Homeland Security (created in 2002 following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001), homeland security in Nevada in 2003 operated under the authority of the governor; a special advisor was appointed to oversee the state's homeland security activities.
The Executive Ethics Commission was created in 1977 to oversee financial disclosure by state officials. The Department of Education and the University of Nevada System are the main state educational agencies. The Department of Human Resources has divisions covering public health, rehabilitation, mental hygiene and mental retardation, welfare, youth services, and programs for the elderly. Regulatory functions are exercised by the Commerce Department (insurance, banking, consumer affairs, real estate), the Public Service Commission, the Gaming Control Board, and other state agencies. Other organizations include the Bureau of Mines and Geology, the Commission on Tourism, the Division of Wildlife, and the Nuclear Waste Project Office.