"Agriculture CIO Dave Combs, who took the reins last summer, has had a career as varied as USDA's business lines. He was an industry IT executive - he spent 20 years with AT&T Corp. in North Carolina - music producer and composer before coming to USDA's Rural Development agency in 2002. His instrumental, 'Rachel's Song,' topped easy-listening charts in the mid-1980s, and he has written or produced 15 albums.
As CIO, he's finding some common ground across the disparate operations of one of the largest and most decentralized federal departments. USDA has business spanning research, geospatial, health care, bioterror, commodities and recreation. "