The mission of the Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Commercialization Office is to develop and execute programs and processes that identify, evaluate, and commercialize privately owned technologies into products or services that meet the detailed operational requirements of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) stakeholders. These stakeholders include DHS operating components and, importantly, end users such as the nation's first responders, and critical infrastructure and key resources owner/operators.
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.
In fulfillment of its mission, the Commercialization Office has created vehicles to leverage the sizeable DHS stakeholder community and significant potential business opportunities across the DHS market to address the needs and requirements of its many stakeholders. The Commercialization Office provides new ways for DHS to foster public-private partnerships to 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:
Requirements Development: The Commercialization Office works closely with DHS stakeholders to articulate and communicate the detailed operational requirements of the end user communities. Collecting and sharing requirement information greatly enhances communication and understanding for the development or adoption of technologies and capabilities that address mission-critical needs.
Public-Private Partnerships: The Commercialization Office has created the SECURE Program (System Efficacy through Commercialization, Utilization, Relevance and Evaluation) based on our experience that the private sector has shown its willingness to use its own money and resources to develop and produce products and services for DHS if and when an attractive business case can be made. This leverages the experience and resources of the private sector to develop fully deployable products and services aligned to DHS operational requirements documents and a conservative estimate of the potential available market(s) of DHS stakeholders.
Private Sector Outreach: The Commercialization Office also spearheads outreach efforts to inform the public and industry on "How to do business with DHS". These efforts are conducted through a number of venues – reaching small, medium and large businesses. The Commercialization Office also regularly meets with minority, disadvantage and HUB Zone groups to establish mutually-beneficial partnerships.
The Commercialization Office is led by the Acting Chief Commercialization Officer Stephen Hancock.
The Commercialization Office creates and sustains a commercialization mindset within the Department to effectively leverage the Department’s needs and large potential available markets (and ancillary markets) to develop and distribute technology-based products and services to three major types of users:
- Department components,
- First responders, and
- Critical infrastructure and key resources owners and operators.
Due to the large size of these potential available markets, there exist multiple opportunities to foster cooperative relationships with the private sector to develop products and services aligned to Department 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 to the benefit of the American taxpayers.
Learn more about the Commercialization Office by visiting our other pages:
- Commercialization Office Resources – articles, books and other background resources
- System Efficacy through Commercialization, Utilization, Relevance and Evaluation (SECURE) Program – public-private partnership program focused on mature technologies, products and services
- FutureTECH Program – public-private partnership program focused on early-stage