Agriculture CIO Leo changes sides

Agriculture CIO Leo changes sides

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

JAN. 30—Joseph Leo, a 34-year government veteran, has left his job as the Agriculture Department's chief information officer to join Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego.

'I'm ready to turn the page,' said Leo, who announced his decision in October and officially retired last week. 'It's been exciting. I am looking forward to showing the light to the dark side.'

Leo plans to work on state and federal e-government issues as SAIC's offices in Tysons Corner, Va.

Leo, one of the architects of Agriculture's electronic benefits transfer system, worked extensively on the Food Stamp, and Women, Infants and Children programs, officials said.

Leo will take up his new assignment in March after vacationing in Florida. 'I'll be back with a tan,' he said.

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