Published online: Jul 19, 2007 USDA
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Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the appointment of Charles R. Christopherson, Jr. as the USDA Chief Information Officer (CIO). Christopherson currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Department of Agriculture, a role which he will retain. As CIO, Christopherson will be responsible for the effective implementation and management of technology solutions to support USDA's programs in a cost-effective and citizen-centered manner.

"Chuck Christopherson has been an integral part of the USDA team in his role as the CFO and has demonstrated a "get-it-done and get-it-done-right" attitude," Johanns said. "His ability to develop strong leadership teams and his private sector executive management responsibilities in the communications and technology industries will serve him well as he takes on this additional role."

Christopherson was confirmed as the USDA Chief Financial Officer by the Senate on November 10, 2005. The CIO role does not require Senate confirmation. He is responsible for overseeing financial management activities and systems within the department. Christopherson has successfully led several joint initiatives between the Offices of the CFO and CIO. Christopherson will be supported by Patricia Healy, the Deputy CFO, and Jerry E. Williams, the Deputy CIO.