Homeland Security gave $6M in contracts to firm where acting secretary's wife is executive: report - 2020-09-23

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F358.png Homeland Security gave $6M in contracts to firm where acting secretary's wife is executive: report September 23, 2020, Alex Henderson, Salon

On Wednesday, September 23 — the day of Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf's confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate — NBC News reported that the consulting firm where his wife, Hope Wolf, is an executive had been awarded more than $6 million in contracts from DHS, according to the federal government website USA Spending.

NBC News' Julia Ainsley reports, "Wolf's wife, Hope Wolf, is vice president of professional staff operations at Berkeley Research Group, a consulting firm. Although the company has a long history of federal contracts, it did not do work for DHS until after Wolf became the (Transportation Security Administration's) chief of staff in 2017. A DHS spokesperson said (Chad) Wolf was not aware of the contracts until he was contacted by the media."

That spokesperson told NBC News, "At no time in any of his positions since joining DHS has Acting Secretary Wolf been involved in awarding any contracts. 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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{{cite news | first = Alex | last = Henderson | title = Homeland Security gave $6M in contracts to firm where acting secretary's wife is executive: report | url = https://www.salon.com/2020/09/23/homeland-security-gave-6m-in-contracts-to-firm-where-acting-secretarys-wife-is-executive-report_partner/ | work = Salon | date = September 23, 2020 | accessdate = September 24, 2020 }}