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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names Jonathan Alboum USDA Chief Information Officer

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today named Jonathan Alboum as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Chief Information Officer, a position formerly held by Cheryl Cook, who retired from USDA in March.

"I welcome Jonathan into his new role as Chief Information Officer, where his vast experience in formulating IT strategies, polices and initiatives will help USDA continue to modernize its tools and resources, innovate our digital services, improve the way we deliver results and technology to our many customers, and protect USDA's IT assets and information," said Vilsack. "I also wish to thank Cheryl Cook for her many years of dedicated service as CIO and in other leadership positions at USDA. And I extend my sincerest gratitude to Joyce Hunter for serving as interim CIO for the past three months with diligence, creativity and professionalism, and am glad to have her continued presence in the Office of the Chief Information Officer."

In his federal career, Alboum has held several positions with the General Services Administration and the Chief Information Officer position for USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. Before joining federal service, Alboum worked as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ventera Corporation. He holds a master's degree in management of information technology from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science. Alboum will officially assume the duties of CIO on Monday, June 29th.


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