During the last years of the Republic, the ambitious Melen Toobo became head of the department. He wanted to domesticate some of the ogres, so as to put them to productive use. To do this, he had them fitted with extensive cybernetics that allowed the ogres to be used as cheap and disposable alternatives to droid laborers.
When the Republic underwent the transition into the Galactic Empire, the department underwent an audit and the Imperials learned about the project. The Empire planned to use the ogres as soldiers.