CHRISTOPHERSON NAMED USDA CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Washington, July 18, 2007 – Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the appointment of Charles R. Christopherson, Jr. as the USDA Chief Information Officer (CIO). Christopherson currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Department of Agriculture, a role which he will retain. As CIO, Christopherson will be responsible for the effective implementation and management of technology solutions to support USDA's programs in a cost-effective and citizen-centered manner.
Christopherson was confirmed as the USDA Chief Financial Officer by the Senate on November 10, 2005. The CIO role does not require Senate confirmation. He is responsible for overseeing financial management activities and systems within the department. Christopherson has successfully led several joint initiatives between the Offices of the CFO and CIO. Christopherson will be supported by Patricia Healy, the Deputy CFO, and Jerry E. Williams, the Deputy CIO.