The Commercialization Office develops and executes programs and processes that identify, evaluate and commercialize privately owned technologies into products or services that meet the detailed needs of DHS stakeholders. These stakeholders include DHS components, end users such as the nation's first responders and critical infrastructure owners and operators.
Additionally, the Commercialization Office conducts extensive outreach efforts with the private sector to establish and foster mutually beneficial working relationships, leading to the fielding of products or services to secure the nation.
The Commercialization Office has created programs to leverage the sizeable DHS stakeholder community and significant potential business opportunities across the DHS marketplace to address the needs and requirements of DHS stakeholders. The Commercialization Office provides new ways for DHS to foster public–private partnerships for the benefit of the American taxpayer, private sector and public sector. These partnerships increase the speed of execution, efficiency and effectiveness of DHS.
The Commercialization Office has organized the following initiatives to communicate DHS component and stakeholder requirements so the best technologies and services are developed for DHS:
Private Sector Outreach: The Commercialization Office spearheads many outreach efforts to inform the public and industry on “how to do business with DHS.” Outreach efforts are conducted through a multitude of venues in order to reach small, medium and large businesses. The Commercialization Office also regularly meets with minority, disadvantaged and Historically Underutilized Business Zone, also known as HUBZone, groups to establish mutually beneficial partnerships. This outreach also affords businesses the opportunity to provide the Commercialization Office with information on their respective capabilities, products and services. This information can then be communicated within DHS in order to improve awareness of technologies that can be adapted or adopted for use by homeland security operators and end users.
Full Response Package: The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Full Response Package provides details about a variety of business and engagement opportunities. The Full Response Package contains several files that will provide background information on new initiatives that have been enacted at S&T. For more details, visit the Full Response Package page.
Commercialization Process: Through various processes, the Commercialization Office proactively engages with the private sector in order to leverage shared expertise, capabilities and resources to enhance capability development. The office conducts commercialization planning and identifies strategic partners who will be able to provide the necessary expertise to transition and deploy solutions.
Public–Private Partnerships Program: The Commercialization Office establishes partnerships and taps into networks and expertise that can improve the development and fielding of technologies for the Homeland Security Enterprise. For example, through its Public–Private Partnerships Program, the Commercialization Office has entered into formal agreements with organizations across the private sector and academia and within government that enable information sharing. The office also interacts with industry associations, venture capitalists and other investors in order to gain a more complete understanding of given markets.
Memorandum of Understanding: To promote the adaptation of technological innovation for use at the federal, state and local levels, S&T has memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with a diverse collection of private sector entities. The MOUs set forth terms that enable S&T and private sector groups to further research product development, commercialization and economic development. Currently, S&T has MOUs with the following partners:
- ASIS International
- AutoHarvest Foundation
- General Dynamics EDGE Innovation Network
- Maryland Technology Development Corporation
- Massachusetts High Technology Council
- Security Industry Association
- TechComm, Center for Innovation
The Commercialization Office creates and sustains a commercialization mindset within DHS to effectively leverage the department’s needs and potential available markets (and ancillary markets) to develop and distribute technology-based products and services to three major types of users:
- DHS components
- First responders
- Critical infrastructure owners and operators
Due to the large size of potential available markets, there exist multiple opportunities to foster cooperative relationships with the private sector to develop products and services aligned to DHS needs. The Commercialization Office provides a model for a significant change in how the federal government interacts with the private sector. This innovative new initiative allows the public and private sectors to work together—all for the benefit of American taxpayers.
Learn more about the Commercialization Office by visiting our Commercialization Office Resources page, which includes articles, books and other background resources.
The Commercialization Office is led by Acting Chief Commercialization Officer Stephen Hancock.