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WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue introduced five new leaders within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Departmental Administration. The key personnel named are: Donald Bice, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration; Gary Washington, Chief Information Officer; Mary Pletcher, Chief Human Capital Officer; George Cabaniss, Senior Procurement Executive; and Joseph Doyle, Customer Service Coordinator.

“One of my top priorities has been to make USDA the more effective, most efficient, and best-managed department in the entire federal government, and these highly qualified people will help us toward that goal,” Perdue said. “These are people who have demonstrated dynamic, innovative organizational leadership, and I know we can count on them to put that skill and talent to work on behalf of USDA’s customers, the farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural producers of America. We’re excited to welcome them to our team.”

Donald Bice

Donald Bice has been USDA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration since September 2017. Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Bice was the Associate Director of USDA’s Office of Budget and Program Analysis and the Performance Improvement Officer.

Gary Washington

Gary Washington, who formerly served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, has been the Acting CIO since September 2017. Washington also has served as CIO and Director of the Information Technology Division for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Mary Pletcher

Mary Pletcher will be joining USDA on February 5, 2018. She previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Capital and Diversity for the Department of the Interior. As the Chief Human Capital Officer for Interior, Ms. Pletcher provided leadership and executive oversight for the department’s human capital programs, including human resources; civil rights; employee and organization development; and occupational safety and health.

George Cabaniss

George Cabaniss joined USDA in August as the Senior Procurement Executive and Director of the Office of Procurement and Property Management. He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) since 2011. Cabaniss has a diverse background with over 30 years of federal and private sector experience. Prior to joining the OneUSDA team, he led 2,500 contracting professionals located at more than 30 offices across the United States in supporting veterans as the Deputy Chief

Joseph Doyle

Joe Doyle joins USDA having spent a long career at the intersection of customers and employees, both as the owner of a successful 240-store retail chain in Georgia and through his transformative work in Georgia state government. Doyle led the Office of Customer Service for the State of Georgia when Secretary Perdue was governor. His work was nationally praised for building and championing a customer-first attitude in employees.

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