Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 1496-001

Office of Communications

Digital Strategy Governance


This Department Regulation (DR) establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for the governance of digital services within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In order to improve programs and information exchange with external customers, partners and employees, USDA seeks to provide mission and business program support through a digital strategy that is information and customer-centric, leverages existing resources to the greatest extent possible, and ensures that digital content incorporates adequate privacy and security controls. This policy establishes the framework to provide the public, entrepreneurs, and agricultural programs with the ability to better lever­age valuable USDA data to further advance innovative applications and beneficial services. It focuses on innovating with less to deliver better digital services, and specifically promotes an overall approach to increase returns on Information Technology (IT) investments, reduce waste and duplication, and improve the effectiveness of IT solutions through the use of shared services.

The Office of Communications (OC) sponsors USDA’s digital services strategy in partnership with the USDA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), and component agency and office Web, information technology, and public affairs offices.

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