Agency snapshot: USDA

U.S. Agriculture Department

Founded: 1862
Mission: Support and enhance economic opportunities for American farmers and ranchers, manage the food supply, care for public lands, and support sustainable development of rural communities. USDA also is tasked with opening global markets and fighting hunger.

Total budget: $25.4 billion
IT budget: $2.9 billion

Who you should know:
  • Tom Vilsack, secretary.
  • Chris Smith, CIO.
  • Charles McClam, deputy CIO.
  • Kent Armstrong, deputy CIO, data-center operations.
  • Quinton Robinson, director, office of small and disadvantaged business utilization office.
Major components
  • U.S. Forest Service.
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
  • Farm Service Agency.
  • Food and Nutrition Service.
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service.
  • Rural Development.
Major IT investments for 2012
  • Forest Service Computer Base: $404.8 million.
  • APHIS Enterprise Infrastructure: $52.72 million.
  • Public Safety and Mobile Radio System: $52.1 million.
  • Conservation Program Delivery: $116.2 million.
  • Comprehensive Loan Program: $67 million.
  • Financial Management Modernization Initiative: $37.35 million.
Top 2010 IT contractors
  • Bristol Bay Native Corp.: $52.8 million.
  • Dell Inc.: $48.6 million.
  • Accenture: $42.3 million.
  • IBM Corp.: $32.4 million.
  • Government Acquisitions: $24.6 million.
Top contract vehicles (2007-2010)
  • Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services: $136.4 million.
  • Farm Applications Services and Technologies, full and open: $73.7 million.
  • Solutions for Enterprisewide Procurement IV: $64.2 million.
  • Veterans Technologies Services: $28.8 million.
  • Farm Applications Services and Technologies, small business: $24.5 million. 
Top contract opportunities 

Forest Service IT Services Acquisition
Value: $400 million

Farm Applications Services and Technologies, full and open
Value: $250 million
RFP: October 2012

Farm Applications Services and Technologies, small business
Value: $250 million
RFP: October 2012

Reservation Service Support
Value: $97 million
RFP: October 2013

International Programs Office Support
Value: $50 million
RFP: February 2013

Source: Deltek Input and USDA

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