The Interagency Office (IAO) of the Research and Development Partnerships Group supports the transition and transfer of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) solutions to customers. Activities involve integrating technology development efforts across the Directorate to develop the most cost effective and timely solutions and processes to meet customer requirements of the Homeland Security Enterprise.
The Interagency Office addresses high-priority homeland security needs through facilitation and collaboration with cooperative science, technology, research, development, testing, and evaluation endeavors with other federal agencies and leverages the capabilities and investments of external organizations. The IAO promotes regional collaboration, assistance, and partnering efforts that provide perspective and project contributing partnerships.
Ms. Susan Law is Acting Director.
The IAO conducts outreach through regionally based Senior Advisors. They interface with the entire Homeland Security Enterprise, the public and private sectors, and academia. Their respective geographic areas of responsibility align with the FEMA Region configuration, a recognized DHS structure:
The Northeast Senior Advisor serves as S&T’s liaison within the geographic areas of FEMA Regions I and II.
- The Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes Senior Advisor serves as S&T’s liaison with the geographic areas of FEMA Regions III and V.
- The Southern Senior Advisor serves as S&T’s liaison with the geographic areas of FEMA Regions IV and VI.
- The Central U.S. Senior Advisor serves as S&T’s liaison with the geographic areas of FEMA Regions VII and VIII.
- The West Coast Senior Advisor serves as S&T’s liaison with the geographic areas of FEMA Regions IX and X.