Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

USDA IT Governance Structure

Governance decision making is differentiated at multiple levels in the IITGF

Agency Planning & Execution.  Advisory Recommends. The integrated IT governance structure consists of the following board’s:
Executive Information Technology Investment Review Board (E-Board); 
Integrated Advisory Board (IAB), comprised of three Councils and one Group:  Enterprise Architecture Advisory Council, Capital Planning Advisory Council, Enterprise Security Governance Council, Critical Partners Advisory Group (OHRM, OCP, DISC, CEC, OPPA, CIOC, others as needed);
Agency Investment Review Boards (ARB); Agency Integrated Project Teams (IPTs). Note: Final IT Governance Decision Authority resides with the Secretary.

Executive Information Technology Investment Review Board (E-Board) - Composed of the Department’s senior leaders. Its responsibilities ensures that proposed investments contribute to the Secretary's strategic vision and mission requirements, employ sound IT investment methodologies, comply with Departmental enterprise architecture, employ sound security measures, and provide the highest return on the investment or acceptable project risk. The E-Board provides the Secretary with recommendations for review and decision authority. Schedule Meeting.

Integrated Advisory Board (IAB) - The IAB is comprised of three Councils and one Group: Enterprise Architecture Advisory Council, Capital Planning Advisory Council, Enterprise Security Governance Council, and the Critical Partners Advisory Group. The IAB is a key component of the Integrated IT Governance Framework structure that ensures the accountability and success of IT governance objectives. The prime purpose of the IAB is to create a forum for technology leadership to ensure that all technology decisions align with Department and Agency/Staff Office level goals, strategies, objectives, and mission needs.

Agency-level Investment Review Boards (IRBs) and Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) - Agency-level IRBs will review and approve investments before they enter the USDA IITGF process. Agency-level IPTs assist in providing technical review and governance to proposed system development efforts.