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Brief Overview of USDA/OCFO

USDA is a cabinet-level Department, fathered by former President Abraham Lincoln. In the year 1862, President Lincoln signed three key pieces of legislation that laid the groundwork for the Department for which you now work. USDA's mission “to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management” is carried out by over 100,000 employees operating out of 14,000 offices worldwide. If all public and private companies were to be compared equally, USDA would be the 6th largest employer in the country. To learn more about USDA as your new employing Department, visit

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is the Federal agency for which you now work. Our mission is as follows: The OCFO will shape an environment in which USDA officials have and use high quality financial and performance information to make and implement effective policy, management, stewardship, and program decisions. Strategic Goals include: (1) Promote sound financial management through leadership, policy, and oversight; (2) Implement and maintain an infrastructure to provide management with online real-time financial management information necessary for sound decision making; and (3) Provide superior cross-servicing for financial and administrative services to USDA and other Federal Government Agencies. To learn more about OCFO as your new employing Agency, visit

You are being assigned to an area that contributes to the overall missions of our Agency and Department. Once you are completely onboarded, you will have access to additional information.

Last Updated / Reviewed: March 03, 2023