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USDA CPIC Guide to Information Technology
APPENDIX A—BOARD PROCEDURES
The reviews by senior-level policy executive are integral to the success of USDA’s CPIC process. The
Boards ensure compliance with guidance from Congress, OMB, and GAO, as well as apply sound
business practices to the planning, acquisition, and operation of large IT investments. The following
sections contain the E- Board Charter.
The purpose of this Charter is to define the authority, membership, roles and responsibilities of the
Executive Information Technology Investment Review Board (E-Board), and its relationships to other
internal and external bodies.
The Clinger-Cohen Act dramatically changes the way Federal agencies must acquire and manage
information technology (IT). The Act expands upon the requirement, initially introduced by the
Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), that agency IT investments be directly linked to, and
supportive of, program objectives.
The Clinger-Cohen Act requires executive agencies to develop a capital planning and investment control
process for making technology, budget, financial and program management decisions. While each phase
of a sound investment process has its own requirements for successful implementation, there are some
overall organizational attributes that are critical to successful investment evaluation:
• Senior management attention
• Overall mission focus
• A comprehensive, enterprise-wide approach to technology investment.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Clinger-Cohen Act, the Department of Agriculture has established the
E-Board, made up of senior-level policy executives, to ensure that USDA IT investments are managed as
strategic business resources. The deputy secretary oversees this process as part of his responsibility for
day-to-day operations of the Department.
The E-Board is comprised of the Department’s senior-level policy execut