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In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare asks, “What’s in a name?” Juliet goes on to say, “That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” Simply stated, a word alone does not define a rose; we know it by its attributes. However, the sa...
“With great power, comes great responsibility.”Comic book fans will quickly recognize this quote as the words inspiring Peter Parker to become Spider-man. Others will note that Voltaire said it first. Nevertheless, as important as this quote is to h...
By now, we’ve all heard how the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) sets bold goals for IT modernization. A vital element of the PMA is the creation of a Federal Data Strategy. This is a wise choice. Data is the oil and the key to our digital govern...
One of the things I always found challenging as a CIO was keeping up with new terms introduced to the market. I sat in numerous meetings where vendors described their products as “hyper converged,” “digital,” or “AI-enabled.” These terms felt like b...
I recently attended Springsteen on Broadway. I’m a NJ native and a longtime fan, so it was an amazing experience to see Bruce in an intimate setting and hear him sing the songs that defined important aspects of his personal development, from childho...

Public Sector CIO


Jonathan Alboum is a seasoned IT leader, with experience in both the private and public sectors. Since 2006, Jonathan has served in various highly distinguished senior executive roles in the Federal Government, including as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As the CIO for a Cabinet level agency, Jonathan worked with stakeholders across 17 component agencies and throughout government to formulate Information Technology strategies and to develop policies to support budget formulation and execution, portfolio management, governance, IT operations and information security for a $3 billion annual technology spend. Most recently, Jonathan served as the Deputy Director of the USDA Office of Procurement and Property Management, providing executive oversight, strategic planning, and overall vision to an acquisition program that processes over 70,000 awards worth nearly $6 billion annually. Alboumʼs Federal experience also includes many other leadership positions at the USDA and the General Services Administration (GSA), including leadership for a $400+ million SAP implementation, the creation of GSA's consolidated IT organization, and a stint as the CIO for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. 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.