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Report: USDA CIO Leaving At End of March

Agriculture Department CIO Chris Smith will leave his office at the end of March, according to Federal News Radio.

Smith announced the decision to his staff earlier this week but did not disclose his future plans, Federal News Radio reported.

Deputy CIO Charles McClam will take over the Smith’s responsibilities during this transition period.

Smith has been the USDA’s CIO since December 2008 and served as CIO at the Rural Development Agency in 2007.

He also served as acting IT Director for the General Services Administration’s chief financial officer and served 25 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard.

USDA transferred more than 120,000 employee email accounts to cloud computing during Smith’s tenure.

Smith leads the Federal CIO Council’s best practices committee and previously led the council’s workforce committee.

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