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Thursday, October 05, 2006

FederalNewsRadio - Ask the CIO - David Combs (USDA)

As the Chief Information Officer, Combs is responsible for providing management and leadership within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, serving as management advisor and senior consultant regarding development, publication and implementation of Departmental policies, standards, and guidance as well as coordination, integration, training and enforcement of all aspects of USDA's information management and information technology programs, which directly supports all of the Department's programmatic objectives.
  • The Department of Agriculture is in the process of converting their email and messaging systems. Seems IM is the wave of the future at the USDA!
  • Enterprize-wide consolidation is tough -- and it'll take two to three years -- but it will save money in the long run.
  • Looking ahead to FY 2007 and FY 2008 -- how the USDA will make sure it doesn't have too much on its plate.
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