Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Process and Procedures

Deputy Secretary as the USDA Chief Operating Officer (COO) is the Senior agency official (SAO) for FITARA.

USDA Departmental Administration ensures that administrative programs, policies, advice and counsel meet the needs of USDA program organizations, consistent with laws and mandates.  To assist in this task, USDA develops and maintains processes and procedures for effective communication, visibility, standardization, and compliance.

Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
USDA seeks to be the most efficient, effective, and customer-focused Department in the federal government — to achieve our mission of providing leadership on agriculture, food, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. The USDA Chief Information Officer (CIO) and mission area Assistant Chief Information Officers (ACIOs) serve the Department as strategic enablers of achieving that mission. The USDA OCIO delivers valuable infrastructure support services that enable the distributed mission area ACIO network's responsive application and platform services. USDA OCIO additionally, provides a leadership role as steward of tax payer funds, and to prepare the information technology (IT) workforce for the innovation of today, and tomorrow.

We do this by achieving the below USDA OCIO Strategic Goals:

1. Improve customer IT experiences

2. Cultivate a data-driven culture

3. Expand risk-based policies

4. Cultivate a highly-effective ITworkforce

5. Optimize value of IT services


Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP)
Procurement Advisories (1) communicate Departmentwide policy and/or procedural guidance to contracting activities; (2) delegate to procurement officials authority to make determinations or to take action to implement the policies of the FAR or the AGAR; and, (3) establish internal policy and procedures on an interim basis, prior to incorporation in the AGAR or in a Departmental Directive.

Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)
We facilitate the attainment of the Department's strategic goals and program objectives by ensuring the recruitment and retention of a diverse, highly-skilled workforce that is aligned with our program needs as well as to promote a competency-based and results-oriented performance culture at USDA.

Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)
The OCFO will shape an environment in which USDA officials have and use high quality financial and performance information to make and implement effective policy, management, stewardship, and program decisions.

Office of Budget and Program Analysis (OBPA)
Major activities consist of coordinating the preparation of the Department's budget estimates, legislative reports and regulations. OBPA provides direction and administration of the Department's budgetary functions including development, presentation, and administration of the budget; reviews program and legislative proposals for program and budget related implications; and analyzes program and resource issues and alternatives.