Agriculture CIO heads to consulting firm Accenture


Chris Smith will resign from his position as chief information officer at the Agriculture Department next month for an executive role at technology consulting firm Accenture Federal Services, the company announced Tuesday.

Smith will begin his new role as the company’s chief technology and innovation officer on April 9, according to Accenture. He will be responsible for developing the technology agenda for Accenture’s federal business and managing the company’s federal service offerings in the areas of cloud computing, big data, logistics and supply chain and cost reduction.  

Smith has served as Agriculture’s CIO since 2009. Under his leadership the department migrated 120,000 email boxes to Microsoft’s cloud solution, which the department estimates will save $6 million annually.


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