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Information Technology Overview


IT Budget History

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$1,704 $1,667 $1,841 $2,027 $2,111 $2,103 $2,413 $2,378 $2,525.50 $2,510.30 2,492.7 2,572.7

The USDA's OCIO supervises and coordinates the design, acquisition, maintenance, use, and disposition of information and information technology (IT) by USDA agencies. The OCIO has draft an overall strategic IT plan for the agency.

The USDA IT Strategic Plan is the Department’s roadmap towards meeting its overall mission. It describes the goals which IT resource organizations should strive to achieve and it will govern the direction of the Department-wide IT program. We are taking major strides towards fully implementing mandated requirements, maturing our overall processes, and fulfilling a best-practice model. The ongoing IT governance and infrastructure is already being realized, as evidenced by the Department’s:

  • Managing IT investments throughout the capital planning and investment

control (CPIC) process;

  • Leveraging the enterprise architecture (EA) and using the target architecture

(TA) to reduce redundancies, improve data sharing and interoperability, and systematically fill the gaps in our IT environment;

  • Ongoing commitment to maintaining a secure IT infrastructure that meets or

exceeds national standards;

  • Implementing an aggressive E-Government Strategy;
  • Improving the quality, accessibility and sharing of data in our systems;
  • Leveraging our IT resources through growing enterprise services and shared

IT solutions; and

  • Applying effective records management processes

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Current Climate

Leading Projects at Agriculture - 2007
Consolidated Infrastructure, Office Automation, and Telecommunications
FNS Advanced Planning Documents (APDs) -- IT Investment Grants to States
FNS Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) -- IT Investment Grants to States
Corporate Financial Mangement Systems
Financial Management Modernization Initiative

Top Spending Departments - 2007
Food and Nutrition Service
Office of the Secretary
Forest Service
Farm Service Agency
Rural Development

Leading Contract Winners at Agriculture Dell - Products
IBM - Services & products
Accenture - Services
Buhrmann NV - products
CSC - Services

Numbers = $millions. (Data from the Office of Management and Budget)

Departments With Public IT Budgets

Agricultural Marketing Service
Agricultural Research Service
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Departmental Administration
Executive Operations
Farm Service Agency
Food and Nutrition Service
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Foreign Agricultural Service
Forest Service
National Agricultural Statistics Service
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Office of the Secretary
Risk Management Agency
Rural Development

Most Common Procurement Methods

Tha Agriculture Department's Directory of Procurement Offices is a good place to find USDA business opportunities.

Other Agriculture procurement sites.


The USDA Strategic Plan for FY 2005-2010 identifies key policy and management objectives that will be integrated with USDA’s budget priorities and that provide accountability through a series of annual performance plans. Central to the Plan is effective management of the Department’s resources in an effort to best deliver its multifaceted programs. USDA is strongly committed to strategic planning and to the goals and strategies outlined in this Plan. Within this framework, USDA intends to continue improvement by remaining flexible and open to new opportunities and change. USDA is working to strengthen its management through vigorous execution of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA). Better management will result in more efficient program operations that offer improved customer service and more effective stewardship of taxpayer funds. USDA expects to:

  • Ensure an efficient, high-performing, diverse workforce, aligned with mission


  • Work cooperatively with partners and the private sector;
  • Enhance internal controls, data integrity, and financial management

information and sustain unqualified audit opinion;

  • Reduce spending and burden on citizens, partners and employees by

simplifying access to the Department’s information. This enhancement is added by implementing business processes and information technology to make services available electronically;

  • Link budget decisions and program priorities more closely with program

performance and consider the full cost of programs;

  • Efficiently and effectively manage real property; and
  • Transform IT enterprise infrastructure to be cost effective and transparent

across all agencies and geographic regions.

Related Links


Agency Profile

U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
Web site

Provides "leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management." The department also has "created a strategic plan to implement its vision. The framework of this plan depends on these key activities: expanding markets for agricultural products and support international economic development, further developing alternative markets for agricultural products and activities, providing financing needed to help expand job opportunities and improve housing, utilities and infrastructure in rural America, enhancing food safety by taking steps to reduce the prevalence of foodborne hazards from farm to table, improving nutrition and health by providing food assistance and nutrition education and promotion, and managing and protecting America's public and private lands working cooperatively with other levels of government and the private sector. [1]

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[1] From the USDA mission statement.

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