Major programs within the Department of Agriculture

E-authentication service. The department launched its enterprise electronic credentialing and authentication service in October. It permits reuse of online credentials across government and provides secure access to information and services to conduct business with government. Users of the system have access to 75 online USDA applications with a single sign-on capability. Nearly 50,000 employees and 19,500 customers have received credentials through May 2004. Agriculture in July will begin a project to issue credentials to all remaining USDA employees.

Project manager'Owen Unangst

USDA Customer Statement. The project provides farmers and ranchers online access to their business activities with USDA. The online report presents a single document that compiles business transaction information from several databases across Agriculture agencies that used to require visits to several different offices.

Project manager'Wendall Oaks

eDeployment. This suite of interconnected enterprise services will support the development, delivery, and management of information and services on the Web, and management of USDA documents and records. The initiative will provide a common technical infrastructure for use by all agencies. It will establish a portal for organizing and presenting information and services by customer groups; enterprise content management tools to streamline Web page development and Web content reuse; common document and records management tools; and secure instant messaging, team room and online meeting functions.

Project manager'Mike Watts

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