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    As part of the historic Federal Centers of Excellence transformation, USDA has been designated as the “Lighthouse” Agency for the Federal initiative. The CTO will play a vital role in this IT modernization effort as well as lead the transformation of the current FSIS organization into Cloud, Mobility and DevSecOps culture and structure.

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    This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on FSIS-2018-MMP-0007. Disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents.

    As part of an award-winning organization, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Technical Advisor (STA) is a direct report to the Principal Deputy Assistant Chief Information Officer (PDACIO). The CTO, is responsible for managing, directing, supervising, staffing, coordinating and evaluating a variety of functions and/or activities. This office is responsible for providing expert level technical policy, planning guidance, and technical direction, oversight to FSIS’s IT innovation design, cybersecurity, engineering, testing, technology investments, IT initiatives, operations and maintenance (O&M) with DevSecOps missions to make FSIS a leader in the use of emerging technologies. Individual is responsible for modernizing the agency’s IT infrastructure by architecting and governing a secure innovative, scalable and mobile friendly IT infrastructure, services, system and devices that efficiently and effectively execute the agency’s business processes. Works with IT Enterprise Architect for all capital investment and portfolio management efforts. The individual helps the PDACIO office to oversee IT performance measures and the IT dashboard, ensuring the information and data visualizations are effective, timely, accurate, meaningful and actionable to support the Agency's public health and safety goals. The Office is also responsible for guiding the acquisition, development, deployment, operations, and maintenance of FSIS' robust IT infrastructure that includes platforms, telecommunications networks, desktops, messaging, web services, and contract services. Below are some of the specific duties for this position:

    • Establishes overall goals, objectives, priorities, and operational plans for the project and program as well as continually assesses and adjusts them accordingly;

    • Maintains surveillance of significant developments related to the assigned program area, prepares analyses of the implications of these developments and recommends program modifications;

    • Develops, publicizes, and garners support for the program agenda by meeting with other FSIS program officials, key executives within FSIS and USDA, and other interested parties such as key officials of other Federal agencies, contractors, members of the academic community, industry representatives, the media, and members of consumer groups;

    • Functions as the recognized technical/professional expert in the areas of DevSecOps, Shared Services, Product and project management, Mobility, Cloud, Information Technology Infrastructure, Enterprise Architecture, Networks, telecommunications, and upcoming Information Technology trends;

    • The incumbent is responsible for the policies and procedures that align with the EA and DevSecOps plans. Becomes a champion and change agent to modify and remove barriers/outdated policies for emerging technology while staying in full compliance with applicable laws and policies;

    • Directs the instrumentation, automation, and operations research and development and innovation programs to achieve the mission objectives with a product management mindset in a timely and effective manner;

    • Coordinates the work of and provides conceptual and professional/technical leadership and direction to other employees throughout FSIS and in other Federal departments who perform work in support of the program. Convenes and leads periodic meetings to facilitate coordination and integration of all program facets;

    • Identifies and secures the type and level of resources necessary to effectively manage the the product, program and project in a 7/24/365 environment;

    • Actively participates in key decision-making sessions conducted by OCIO management and has input into decisions affecting programs inside/outside the incumbent's purview.

    • Maintains Approved Products List, conducts technical reviews, oversees technology pilots and product evaluations, the Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps, DevSecOps, Cloud, Mobile apps, anywhere, anytime approved device access to information in a secure manner and works closely with the Program Management Office;
    • Responsible for timely identification of actions required to meet resource requirements for broad program areas of responsibility related to design, engineering, information assurance and network security, operations and maintenance mission in full compliance with all applicable laws, policy and initiatives (like NIST, FISMA and DevSecOp.etc.)

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel required (less than 25%) to visit operations, staff, field offices, stakeholders and service providers throughout the United States, to include visits to slaughter houses or other FSIS regulated facilities and other sites, as appropriate.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/512828200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.