FDA CIO Rinaldi leaves, Farmer steps in

The Food and Drug Administration today named Fred Farmer acting CIO, after Jim Rinaldi moved to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Farmer has been the IT program director for the CIO's office. He has helped design and implement the Health and Human Service's agency's shared services environment. He also has been working on improving FDA's overall IT budget execution process.

Farmer spent the majority of his career in the private sector working for Fortune 100 companies in technology roles.

Rinaldi, whose last day at FDA was July 29, will be the CIO at JPL. He was FDA's lead IT manager for three years.

Before he was at FDA, Rinaldi was the chief of IT Services at the IRS and the chief of Business Systems Integration. While at the IRS, Rinaldi helped develop the Free Tax Alliance e-government initiative, as well as provide guidance and expertise on the IRS modernization efforts.

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