(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to expand its Silicon Valley office to a staff of about 20 as the strained relationship between the government and technology companies over encryption plays out in public and in courtrooms.

The expanded presence will let the department, which oversees everything from responding to domestic terrorism to aviation and border security, relocate some of its experts in critical infrastructure who are already based in California as well as hire additional cybertechnology personnel, Phyllis Schneck, the DHS deputy under secretary for cybersecurity and communications, said in an interview Tuesday.

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