Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 1497-001

Office of Communications

Approval of Communications/Information Products and Services


This regulation provides the policies and procedures for obtaining prior approval from the Office of Communications (OC) before the procurement process is initiated for the production or acquisition of Communications/Information Products and Services (CIPS) by the mission areas, agencies and staff offices that require CIPS in support of their various missions. To expedite the process, reduce the burden on the agencies, and limit the time and paperwork required for OC to exercise its delegated review and approval authority, agencies will submit their requests for approval of proposed CIPS in the form of a statement of work. By using this format, OC’s review is accomplished without requiring the agencies to prepare any paperwork other than that already required by other regulations in order for agencies to obtain the approved CIPS through the procurement process.