Oversight

House committee wants details on DOD, DHS West Coast offices

Ash Carter and Jeh Johnson

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are being quizzed by lawmakers about their innovation programs.

With an eye on the budget, a key house committee has asked the secretaries of the Defense and Homeland Security departments for more information on their California-based technology development and recruiting efforts.

In letters sent May 31 to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ask for details about the staffing and budget levels of the two agencies' Silicon Valley offices.

DOD announced new leaders and organizational structure for its Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in May. DIUx seeks to make the case to innovators and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley that the military can be a key partner and companies can play a special role in national security.

DHS opened an office in Silicon Valley to bolster its relationship with companies in the area and to foster technology research and development.

The letters ask Carter and Johnson for briefings on strategic objectives and implementation plans by June 14.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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