More than $6 million in DHS contracts awarded to firm of acting secretary's wife: report

Source: The Hill | September 23, 2020 | Justine Coleman

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gave more than $6 million in contacts since September 2018 to the firm where acting Secretary Chad Wolf’s wife serves as an executive, NBC News reported Wednesday.

The consulting firm Berkeley Research Group has worked on many federal contracts but worked with DHS after Wolf was named the chief of staff at DHS’s Transportation Security Administration in 2017.

His wife, Hope Wolf, is the vice president of professional staff operations at the company.

Records on the federal government website USA Spending indicate that Berkeley Research Group’s contracts are for “Information Technology Software,” but NBC News said it’s unclear what software was given to which part of DHS.

A DHS spokesperson told The Hill that Chad Wolf did not know about the contracts until reporters contacted him. 

“At no time in any of his positions since joining DHS has Acting Secretary Wolf been involved in awarding any contracts,” the spokesperson said.

“The whole process is performed by career officials. Even if he were involved with the procurement process for this particular contract, which he was not, he would have had to recuse himself due to even the appearance of impropriety.”

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