Since November 2010, Joseph Vealencis has worked as a Legislation Liaison Officer with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In this position, Joe Vealencis assists in the day-to-day interactions with members of Congress, including hearings, correspondence, briefings, and other communications. Moreover, Joe Vealencis provides Congress with current information on intelligence policies and manages relationships between the agency and Congressional oversight committees. Before taking on his current position, Joseph Vealencis spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. As a Senior Professional Staff Member, he functioned as the Minority Subcommittee Staff Lead on the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection. In this role, Joe Vealencis led negotiations for the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, and the Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009. Additionally, Vealencis drafted legislation related to the Department of Homeland Security.Prior to working as a Congressional staff member, Joseph Vealencis served with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). A graduate of the USCG Academy with honors in Marine and Environmental Sciences, he functioned as an officer on the USCG Cutters Diligence, Chinook, and Adak. As the Commanding Officer of the Chinook, based out of New London, Connecticut, Joe Vealencis managed homeland and port security operations in Boston and New York harbors. He led the Adak as Commanding Officer in the Arabian Gulf during a critical period of the Iraq War. In between his tours on the Chinook and the Adak, Joseph Vealencis worked as Aide to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, the second-highest-ranking military officer in the service, at USCG Headquarters in Washington, D.C.