Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Enterprise Management (EM)

Serving the Business of USDA

Enterprise Management’s VisionTo serve the business and mission of USDA by transforming into a collaborative decision-making community that is viewed as an innovative, vital, strategic partner

Enterprise Management (EM) is responsible for providing business and administrative support to the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO).  EM provides both strategic and tactical support to the USDA CIO Council in developing and implementing enterprise-wide initiatives.  EM provides program and project management services’ including inter-agency process development, and continuous process improvements.

Enterprise Management delivers results by:

  • Supporting the business of the USDA CIO Council (CIOC) to achieve synergy around common goals and opportunities, and to gain efficiencies through shared services;
  • Formalizing the role of the CIOC for sponsored enterprise initiatives;
  • Evaluating Agency performance related to enterprise initiatives and USDA IT strategic goals;
  • Improving business processes through continuous process improvement methodologies and a cadre of Lean Six Sigma professionals;
  • Reducing costs through Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Services;
  • Operating the business of the Office of the CIO through effective financial and human resource management.

Enterprise Project Management Services

Serves as USDA's primary resource for expertise on enterprise program management and provisions integration and support for project management of IT enterprise initiatives, including project planning, risk analysis, and project reporting; implements continuous improvements across the OCIO spectrum of activities, and by extension, across the Department;

Continuous Process Improvement (CPI)– the CPI Program serves as OCIO’s catalyst for innovation through continuous IT and business process improvement integration, leveraging lean IT, Lean Six Sigma, Information Technology Service Management best practices, and other process improvement methods, techniques, and tools.  provided the Office of Chief Information Officer and USDA agencies strategic direction to implement lean, consistent, uniform, standard, and added value technology solutions, that significantly enhance USDA's program mission area performance, service delivery, quality of business, and customer satisfaction. 

CPI SharePoint site (Accessible to USDA Employees only)

Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Services:

  • Develops, integrates, and aligns OCIO strategic plans with the Department of Agriculture's 5-year strategic plan and performance goals;
  • Sets USDA IT strategic sourcing direction by collaborating with stakeholders to develop effective sourcing strategies. Monitors strategic sourcing efforts to ensure the execution of an effective strategic sourcing strategy;
  • Conducts timely research and analysis on enterprise initiative program data to identify geographic and other drivers of variation in cost, utilization and quality. Develops enterprise insights and solutions based on these results to reduce spending and increase quality;

Business Management

Enterprise Project Management Services Rick Utt
Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Services - Clif Gonzales
Business Management - Chris Wren
Continuous Process Improvement - Mary Heard

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Personnel Security

The mission of the OCIO Personnel Security Office (PSO) is to act as a centralized unit within the OCIO to develop and implement sound personnel security policies, procedures, and directives that will:

  • Ensure that the people trusted to perform the OCIO’s mission are of high character, loyal to the United States and worthy of the highest level of trust from their colleagues, their government, and the people of the United States;
  • Ensure that we perform our duties in the most efficient manner possible;
  • Ensure that the rights of all individuals in contact with our program are respected and that they are treated fairly and with dignity;
  • Ensure that we strictly adhere to the Privacy Act of 1974 and protect employee sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII);
  • Ensure that the interests of the people of the United States are considered and protected in all that we do.

Dan Loredo

  • Performance Management
    • Assess the performance of the component agency CIO’s to ensure compliance and participation in enterprise-wide initiatives and strategic goals;
    • Manage program and organizational performance by continuously improving the quality of measures to make them more meaningful and outcome-oriented.