Chief Information Officer
Farm Service Agency, USDA
Darren Ash was selected to serve as the Chief Information Officer for the Farm Service Agency in March 2016.
As CIO, he leads and sets the strategic direction for FSA’s Information Technology Services Division while working in partnership with numerous USDA agencies to provide information resources for policy and decision making. In this position, Mr. Ash is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the agency’s IT program, providing guidance and oversight to technology and business system’s modernization projects as well as development and acquisition of new information technology systems and services for the agency.
Prior to this position, Mr. Ash served nearly 9 years as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). He also served as NRC's Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer, senior agency official for Records Management, and senior accountable official for Open Government. As CIO, he co-chaired the senior-level IT Investment Board with the Chief Financial Officer and was a member of NRC’s Executive Resources Board.
Mr. Ash previously worked as the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Associate Chief Information Officer for IT Investment Management. For close to two years, he led DOT's information assurance and security, privacy, enterprise architecture, capital planning, and information resource management activities. Mr. Ash began his government career with the Internal Revenue Service where he supported the agency's modernization program, with a focus on project management, economic analyses, and capital planning.