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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations.  This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession.  As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a Federal scientific law enforcement agency with the legislated responsibility for ensuring that drugs, biological products and medical devices are safe and effective, that food and drugs are adequately packaged and informatively labeled and that radiation emitting devices are safe, and to prevent and reduce tobacco use. The work of the FDA is carried out by thousands of personnel stationed throughout the United States and abroad. The staff includes physicians, scientists, engineers and a variety of other multidisciplinary professional, technical and support personnel. FDA’s programs are national in scope and international in effect, and its activities directly affect and heavily impact upon multi-billion dollar industries, in addition to protecting the public health of hundreds of millions of American consumers.

This position is located in the Office of Information Management (OIM), Office of Operations (OO), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, MD. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) reports to the Deputy Commissioner for Operations, is responsible for providing the expertise necessary toimplement the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996 within the FDA, and for providing executive direction and oversight to the Office of the Chief Information Officer. The CIO is expected to remain current on information technology, disseminating this information to FDA centers and offices and providing technical advice, guidance and assistance throughout the Agency on information technology matters.



Provides advice and assistance to Deputy Commissioner for Operations and to other key management and program officials of the FDA concerning implementation of and compliance with the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996 (chapter 35 of title 44 USC), hereafter referred to as the Act.

Insures that FDA and its components acquire and manage information technology and resources in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Act and its implementation regulations and policies.

Designs, conducts or leads studies and analyses related to Agency needs for information technology and related resources, and promoted effective and efficient design and operation of Agency information resources management processes, including improvements to work processes.

Maintains appropriate and constructive relationships with the Centers and other components of the FDA headquarters and field establishments.

Develops, maintains and facilitates the implementation of sound and integrated information technology architecture.

Monitors and performance of Agency information technology programs and advises the Commissioner and other key officials regarding the continuance, modification or termination of such programs or projects.

Assesses the qualifications requirements established for Agency personnel regarding information resources technology and makes recommendations regarding their adequacy and relevance to Agency programs and operations. Assesses the extent to which Agency personnel meet these requirements. Advises on the recruitment, selection, retention, training and evacuation of such personnel.

Annually, or as necessary reports to the Deputy Commissioner on the Agency's  efforts and effectiveness in implementing  and adhering to the requirements of the Act.

Is cognizant of new and emerging developments and trends in information technology, analyzes and evacuates the applicability of such developments to Agency operations and programs, and insures that the Agency fully exploits such technology where appropriate.

Provides a source of informed opinion and factual information on information technology and insures that Agency components are advised of newly available technology.

Represents the Agency at meetings and conferences concerned with information technology; develops and conducts seminar, workshops and other training programs concerned with information technology; and provides reports to relevant parties on the latest technological developments.

Provides administrative and policy direction to the Office of Information Management, and evaluates Agency information resources management policies, programs and activities.