USDA makes Combs permanent CIO

The Agriculture Department announced today that Dave Combs will become permanent CIO, after having served in an acting position for the past three months. He assumes his position immediately.

Combs became acting CIO after Scott Charbo left to become CIO at the Homeland Security Department in June. Combs had been acting deputy CIO since June 2004.

Previously, Combs was CIO special assistant, overseeing project management of selected key USDA IT investment projects and initiatives that support the President's Management Agenda. He came to the CIO's office in July 2003 from the USDA's Rural Development agency, where he was special assistant to the administrator of the Rural Utilities Service.

"Dave has demonstrated management and leadership skills that will serve our farmers, ranchers, employees and customers very well," said Agriculture secretary Mike Johanns.

His expertise has been in strategic planning, budget and performance integration, competitive sourcing, outreach to rural telecommunications associations and other IT support services for field staff.

A native of Erwin, Tenn., Combs earned his bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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