Agriculture hires GSA's Suda to oversee ops centers

The Agriculture Department is adding a longtime IT veteran to its CIO staff to oversee three operations centers.

Robert Suda, the General Services Administration's assistant commissioner for IT solutions in the Federal Acquisition Service, will join Agriculture March 6.

Suda has spent 29 years with GSA, including the last eight with the former Federal Technology Service. He will become Agriculture's associate CIO for integration and operations.

In his new role Suda, whose last day at GSA is March 4, will oversee Agriculture's National IT Center in Kansas City, Mo., and the telecommunications and IT services offices, both of which are in Washington. The IT services office provides shared services for 300 offices across the department.

'We are trying to create better integration and reduce redundancy among the offices,' said Jerry Williams, Agriculture's deputy CIO. 'Bob will look for opportunities in the three offices to reduce costs. We are excited to have Bob come on board because he has the background that is conducive to make this work for both of us.'

Former FSS chief Bennett resurfaces

In related news, Donna Bennett, former Federal Supply Service commissioner, has resurfaced part-time with the Logistics Management Institute of McLean, Va.

Bennett, who retired from GSA in July after 35 years in government, started in January as LMI's Research Institute Infrastructure chairwoman. She will work in a number of different areas, including human capital management, organizational improvement, facilities engineering management and health systems management.

'Some of these things I have direct experience in and some of which I will overlay what I know,' she said. 'This is a chance for me to learn new things and practice what I know.'

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