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House Committee Requests Briefing on DoD, DHS Silicon Valley Tech Offices

Silicon ValleyThe House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has sent letters to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asking them to brief the panel about the offices their departments established in Silicon Valley, California.

The panel told Carter in a letter published Tuesday they want information on the goals, mission and functions of the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental as well as the organization’s manpower and funding levels.

The panel seeks similar information from Johnson regarding the Department of Homeland Security‘s Silicon Valley-based satellite office in a separate letter published Tuesday.

Chairmen and ranking members of the House oversight committee and its subcommittees called for a briefing on the matter by June 14.

The Defense Department launched DIUx last year in an effort to increase DoD’s partnership with technology companies and seeks to open a second outpost in Boston.

DHS established its SVO to help foster government-industry research and development partnerships, especially on cybersecurity.

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