USDA names Combs acting CIO

The Agriculture Department today named Dave Combs to be acting CIO until a permanent replacement is chosen for Scott Charbo, who will become the new CIO of the Homeland Security Department.

Charbo's exact departure date is uncertain but will likely be in the next couple of weeks, an Agriculture spokesman said.

Charbo has been Agriculture CIO since September 2002; Combs has been acting deputy since June 2004. He replaced Ira Hobbs, who became the Treasury Department's CIO.

Agriculture secretary Mike Johanns said Charbo deserves much of the credit for the department's success in implementing the president's e-goverment initiatives and in building a solid IT foundation. 'His long term vision and forward thinking has raised USDA to a level of unparalleled excellence in serving farmers and ranchers all across the country,' he said.

Jerry Williams, the Small Business Administration's acting CIO, will start Monday as Agriculture's new deputy CIO. Williams has been with SBA since July 2003 and moved into the acting CIO role in August 2004.

Prior to his position as acting deputy CIO, Combs was CIO special assistant, overseeing project management of selected key USDA IT investment projects and initiatives that support the President's Management Agenda. Combs came to the CIO's Office in July 2003 from the USDA Rural Development Mission Area, where he was special assistant to the administrator of the Rural Utilities Service.

Combs has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from East Tennessee State University and an MBA from Wake Forest University's Babcock Graduate School of Management.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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