Reginald Brothers, undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, has outlined a turnaround plan that includes eliminating duplicative research projects and involving employees in decision-making, Federal News Radio reported Friday.
Jared Serbu writes Brothers said at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Tuesday that he aims to increase the S&T office’s collaborative discussions with other DHS components.
He added the organization also needs to work on improving communication between technical staff and end users of the department’s innovations, according to the station.
“What I’d like to see is a model that’s based on what I’ve seen in industry, where you have a central research facility, but you also have some research capabilities in the business areas,” Brothers told House Homeland Security Committee members.
“In industry, where that’s been successful is when they embed their laboratory staff into their business units.”
Serbu reports the S&T office unveiled its four visionary goals for the coming years and is gathering input from industry to help shape the organization’s strategic research priorities.
“We’re going to do a formal root cause analysis, but in the interim, what I’ve been doing recently has been simple steps: walking around a lot and talking to people, trying to understand the concerns that have been there in the past,” Brothers added, according to Serbu’s article.