USDA moves CIO to new post


USDA CIO Jonathan Alboum is moving to a new job inside the agency.

The Department of Agriculture is in the process of moving its CIO over to its procurement operations and is looking for an acting CIO, agency officials confirmed to FCW.

The agency hasn't named an acting CIO. Jonathan Alboum will remain at USDA as senior procurement executive.

Alboum, who was appointed to the CIO post 2015, was named a 2017 Federal 100 winner for spearheading a major modernization push that involved consolidating the USDA’s IT networks from 17 to just three or four and boosting agency efficiency and security. He also pushed to shift the focus from individual components to the needs of the entire USDA IT community.

The news was first reported by Federal News Radio.

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Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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