The Private Sector Office (PSO) advises the Secretary on the impact of the Department's policies, regulations, processes, and actions on the private sector, and fosters strategic communications with the private sector to enhance the primary mission of the Department through:
- Interfacing with other relevant Federal agencies with homeland security missions to assess the impact of these agencies on the private sector.
- Creating and managing private sector advisory councils composed of representatives of industries and associations designated by the Secretary to: (a) Advise the Secretary on private sector products, applications, and solutions as they relate to homeland security challenges; and (b) Advise the Secretary on homeland security policies, regulations, processes and actions that affect the participating industries and associations.
- Collaborating with Federal laboratories, federally funded research and development centers, other federally funded organizations, academia, and the private sector to develop innovative approaches to address homeland security challenges to produce and deploy the best available technologies for homeland security missions.
- Promoting existing public-private partnerships and development of new public-private partnerships to provide for collaboration and mutual support to address homeland security challenges
- Assisting in the development and promotion of private sector best practices to secure critical infrastructure.
- Coordinating industry efforts regarding Department functions to identify private sector resources that could be effective in supplementing government efforts to prevent or respond to a terrorist attack.
- Consulting with the various DHS elements and Department of Commerce on matters of concern to private sector including travel and tourism industries.
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Northern Command participates in the annual Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships Conference.
Deputy Assistant Secretary (acting) - Charles Wollenhaupt
Loaned Executive Program
The Loaned Executive Program provides executive-level experts an opportunity to volunteer with Homeland Security to fill special, discreet needs for a limited period of time. Through the Loaned Executive Program, Homeland Security is working with the private sector on innovative solutions to our homeland security challenges. The Department is looking to the nation's top executives and industry experts to partner with us as we strive to solve problems, improve processes, and fully realize our mission. By serving as a loaned executive, subject matter experts will have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference by protecting our nation.
Exemplar is a DHS training with industry pilot program for GS-11 through GS-15 employees in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) fields. Through Exemplar DHS employees will be detailed to for-profit private sector entities for training purposes.
Private Sector Resources
The Private Sector Resources Catalog centralizes access to all DHS resources targeted for the private sector including small and large businesses, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations. The first catalog to be targeted specifically towards private sector partners and encompass the entire Department, this document collects the training, publications, guidance, alerts, newsletters, programs, and services available to the private sector across the Department. Recognizing the breadth and diversity of the available resources as well as the Department's continually evolving work, this catalog is a living document, updated every two years. The most recent publication was completed in January of 2020.