Accession Number:

ADA339153

Title:

USDA Information Management: Proposal to Strengthen Authority of the Chief Information Officer,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ACCOUNTING AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-03-03

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

This document discusses the challenges USDA has faced in managing the more than 1 billion it spends annually on information technology IT investments, as well as recent IT reform legislation that established the Chief Information Officer CIO position in federal agencies. It also summarizes the bills provisions, designed to clarify and enhance the dos authority at USDA, and briefly convey our views on these provisions. The influence of USDA on millions of Americans makes it essential that the department plan and manage its information technology wisely. USDAS size and complexity, however, make this far from simple. It has a diverse portfolio of over 200 federal programs throughout the nation and the world. The department delivers about 80 billion in programs, at a cost in federal outlays of an estimated 54 billion. The fourth largest federal agency, USDA employs over 100,000 individuals in 31 agencies and departmental offices having multiple and sometimes disparate missions. Its responsibilities range from forests and timber to food assistance for the needy and the safety of meat and poultry products for human consumption.

Subject Categories:

  • Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture
  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE