Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Janet B. Stevens, PMP, has served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) since April 2007. The Office of the CIO is responsible for supporting food safety, protecting public health, and ensuring food defense requirements through the development, implementation and protection of secure information systems, data and infrastructure.
Ms. Stevens oversees innovative and award-winning technical work associated with the deployment of cyber security systems for FSIS. She has also led several USDA eGovernment initiatives. She participated in the development of Federal recommendations for public web sites as part of OMB's Interagency Committee on Government Information Web Content Standards Working Group as well as the Federal Digital Government Strategy.
Ms. Stevens is a proponent of social media and other innovative methods of communication and data as avenues to improve outreach efforts with other departments and stakeholders, both within and outside of FSIS, as well as to improve data streams for the analysis of information available on the internet. She is dedicated to providing the best customer service possible, for internal FSIS employees and external stakeholders. She ensures that all FSIS employees have the IT tools necessary to fulfill the mission of protecting public health.
As CIO, Ms. Stevens leads the FSIS efforts in protecting the integrity of data and information. In 2012, Ms. Stevens received the U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award for leadership of FSIS accomplishments in cyber security process and policy improvements.
Previously, Ms. Stevens was the Director of the FSIS Web Services Staff from 2004 to 2006 and was the Director of the Management Controls Technology Staff from 2006 until April 2007. She began her career at USDA in 1991 as a writer/editor for the Economic Management Service (now part of the Economic Research Service). In 1998, she became the web manager for the Risk Management Agency (RMA). At RMA, she also served as the acting Public Affairs Director. Ms. Stevens is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Communications in 1991.