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DHS Restructures Research Office to Meet Emerging Threats Head On
The new structure will also keep the office from working on projects that will never see the light of day.
By Jack Corrigan,
The Homeland Security Department restructured its science and technology office to speed up the innovation process and ensure agencies have a hand in shaping the research done on their behalf.
The reorganization, which the Science and Technology Directorate announced Monday, addresses many of the bureaucratic and management challenges that slowed the rollout of new technologies to other agency components, said William Bryan, the senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary for science and technology at Homeland Security.
The new structure to will also streamlines the process of adopting commercial technologies and make it easier for startups to enter the federal marketplace, he said.
“The threat landscape is changing so drastically ... that we needed to have an organization that would be agile and responsive enough to adapt,” Bryan told Nextgov. “I didn’t think S&T was structured to be as responsive as we needed to be to our customers and components. We don’t necessarily have that luxury of waiting three to four years” to develop technologies.