Leading an organization can be like driving a car. Sometimes when you are looking ahead, focused on your destination, you overlook or ignore blindspots that may result in an accident. How do you create a second mirror that will make these blindspots visible? Is it a spot problem or deeper? Is it self-inflicted or are […]
About Contributor - Jonathan Alboum
Jonathan Alboum, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)
Jonathan Alboum was appointed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in June 2015. In this role, Alboum works with stakeholders across USDA’s 17 component agencies and throughout government to formulate Information Technology (IT) strategies and to develop policies that support IT budget formulation and execution, portfolio management, governance, IT operations and information security. Prior to his appointment as CIO, Alboum held several leadership positions at the USDA and the General Services Administration (GSA). He most recently served as the Program Executive for USDA's Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agriculture Services (MIDAS) initiative, where he provided executive leadership for a $400+ million SAP implementation that gives farmers and ranchers the flexibility to update customer information at any Farm Service Administration (FSA) county office, enables them to more efficiently manage multiple customer records, reduces improper payments, and provides program eligibility information through a single view. Before that, Alboum served at GSA as the Associate CIO for Enterprise Governance and Planning. During his tenure at GSA, he also led the creation of GSA's consolidated IT organization and worked as the Deputy CIO for the Federal Acquisition Service. Jonathan began his Federal government career at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), where he served as the Deputy CIO and the CIO. Alboum joined government after working as a management consultant for both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ventera Corporation. In these roles, he managed several large system implementations, gaining a depth and breadth of knowledge regarding how organizations use technology to transform their businesses and better serve their customers. Jonathan earned a MS in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Jonathan Alboum's Contributions
Today, federal CIOs must be team-builders on an enterprise level if they hope to be effective leaders. At this point, we’re well aware that IT shouldn’t be perceived as a back-office function. The key challenge is culture change. The business must see the transformative power of the CIO as a business partner. To get there, […]