Bryan nominated to lead DHS S&T Directorate
- By Mark Rockwell
- Jul 06, 2018
William Bryan, the nominee to head the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, testifies before a House committee in December 2017.
The White House, on July 6, nominated William Bryan to become head of the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology directorate.
Bryan has been senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary for DHS S&T since taking the job in May, 2017. He replaced the Obama administration's S&T appointee, Reginald Brothers, who left in January 2017.
S&T researches, develops and tests new ideas and technologies for the agency's operational components, including scanning systems to inspect people and material for weapons and contraband at airports and seaports. S&T also supports the development of technology for first responders.
Bryan has deep experience in critical infrastructure. He previously served as deputy assistant secretary for infrastructure security and energy restoration in the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Before that he was director of critical infrastructure protection in the office of the undersecretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon.
Bryan was also president of Reston, Va.-based ValueBridge International's Energy Group. ValueBridge describes itself as a "global advisory, professional services, and capital investment firm" that serves multiple vertical markets, including energy and agriculture. Technology solutions are among its portfolio.
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.
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