Former clients of acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf get millions in DHS contracts

Published by CNBC.COM

Summary generated on August 11, 2020

    Several former lobbying clients of Chad Wolf, now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, have received millions of dollars' worth of government contracts while he has held senior positions within the department.

    Wolf, who became the acting chief of the department late last year, was a lobbyist for over a decade at Wexler & Walker before he took leadership roles with DHS under President Donald Trump.

    Several of Wolf's former clients reaped a total of at least $160 million in contracts from DHS, according to a CNBC analysis of the public filings.

    A DHS spokesman told CNBC that Wolf has no involvement with any government contracts.

    "Acting Secretary Wolf has had zero involvement in DHS contract awards, including contracts won by his former clients. He leaves those matters to the career professionals in the DHS Chief Procurement Office," the agency spokesman said.

    Wolf recused himself from DHS matters that involved his former clients.

    Among the former Wolf clients to receive multimillion-dollar contracts are American Science and Engineering, an X-ray equipment manufacturer; ABB, an automation company based in Switzerland; and Analogic Corporation, a technology business owned by private equity firm Altaris.

    These companies did have other contracts with DHS before Wolf arrived there.

    ABB, which had tapped Wolf to lobby Congress on their behalf, has also seen a major contract go its way while Wolf held top positions at DHS. ABB received a DHS government contract worth $5.6 million for services dedicated to the U.S. Coast Guard.

    An ABB spokesman gave details about the focus of the contract and noted that the company has had no contact with Wolf since he finished his tenure as a lobbyist.