Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Governance and Strategic Investment (GSI)

Managing USDA’s IT Portfolio and Investments

Areas of Responsibility

In support of USDA strategic missions, the Office of the Associate Chief Information Officer is the functional authority on IT capital planning and investment control, IT governance, and business process re-engineering.

Capital Planning and Investment Control

Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) is a systematic approach to selecting, managing, and evaluating information technology investments.

CPIC is mandated by the Clinger Cohen Act of 1996 which requires federal agencies to focus on the results produced by IT investments.

Enterprise Architecture

The USDA Enterprise Architecture helps make sure information technology investments align with the mission and goals of the Department. It defines how information and technology should support USDA’s strategic goals and benefit the business.

Information Management

The Information Management Division provides training to help USDA organizations plan, create, distribute, use, secure, manage, and dispose of information—in accordance with USDA policy and management best practices.

We help USDA make sure the right information is available to the right people, in the right format, in the right medium, in the right place, at the right time.


IT Workforce

As one of the largest federal agencies, the USDA faces the critical challenge of recruiting, retaining, and training a skilled Information Technology (IT) workforce.

The OCIO works with the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) to address the growing shortage of skilled information technology workers at USDA.

Together, we provide USDA managers with recommendations and solutions for continually improving their IT workforces.

GSI Contact

Bernadette McGhee
Executive Assistant