Charbo tapped to be Agriculture CIO

Charbo tapped to be Agriculture CIO

Scott Charbo has been named the new CIO at the Agriculture Department.

Charbo, who assumed the job Monday, must be confirmed by the Senate. He takes over from Ira Hobbs, the department's deputy CIO, who has been acting CIO for 18 months.

Charbo has been working at the Farm Service Agency since last month as the Director of the Office of Business and Program Integration.

As CIO, Charbo will be responsible for the overall management of the department's IT assets, overseeing more than 4,000 IT professionals and a budget of $1.7 billion.

At the Farm Service Agency, he was responsible for planning, developing and administering the agency's programs and policies and provided direction in the areas of economic and policy analysis, appeals and litigation, strategic management and corporate operations, and e-government initiatives.

Before joining Agriculture, Charbo was the president of mPower3 Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ConAgra Foods Company, since 1998.

From 1993 to 1997, he worked as director of environmental and regulatory services for Tri-State Delta Chemicals in Memphis, Tenn.

'Scott Charbo brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in business and information management to the department,' said Agriculture secretary Ann M. Veneman.

'His expertise will enhance USDA's implementation of President Bush's e-government initiative to provide simpler, high-quality customer service from the federal government, while reducing the cost of delivering those services.'

Charbo holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Tampa and a master's degree in plant science from the University of Nevada-Reno.

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