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Friday, June 08, 2007

USDA CIO Combs to leave

Agriculture Department Chief Information Officer Dave Combs has resigned and will leave at the end of this month. He has been CIO there since 2005.

Combs earlier this week submitted his resignation, which is effective June 30. He plans to return to North Carolina.

Combs is half of one of the federal government’s power couples. Linda Combs, his wife, is controller for the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Financial Management. She continues in that position, an OMB spokeswoman said today.

During his time as CIO, Combs made significant progress in information technology consolidation, data security and e-authentication across the enterprise. USDA has started examining its systems for Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information, ahead of directions to do so from OMB. USDA also has reduced its e-mail versions and platforms to one and is working on data center and local-area network consolidations.

-Mary Mosquera, FCW.com

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