Interview with Richard Young, CIO of Foreign Agricultural Services, (USDA)

Richard V. Young is the Chief Information Officer for the United States Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). FAS links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, the Office of the Chief Information Officer supports a global network of 96 offices covering 167 countries. Prior to USDA, Mr. Young served as the Director of Information Technology Policy & Compliance within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that capacity, he was responsible for IT policy development and oversight of the Departments $5.6 billion investment in Information Technology. Insuring the IT investments and resources align and comply with OMB policies, federal laws, and DHS’s internal policies and goals. Overseeing the $13.5 million for IT Working Capital Funds initiatives, he led the collaboration of Shared Services with various internal components and external federal agencies. Mr. Young previously served as the CEO & Co-Owner of Physicians Health Solutions, PLLC, a holistic healthcare facility that collocated various healthcare practitioners to provide both invasive and a non-invasive approach to healthcare. He is very passionate about information security and utilizing technology to meet customer’s needs and their demand for rapid & accurate delivery of that information.