CIO, Agriculture Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture

Paul Gibson is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of ARS.  As CIO, Paul leads agency operations and special projects to ensure that ARS scientists and all who support them have access to the cutting-edge technology they need to do their job.  To that end, he oversees efforts to systematically upgrade ARS networks and associated infrastructure, implement cloud-based solutions that support the needs of ARS scientists, develop and operate systems to enhance productivity of business operations, and ensure that applications and systems provide the best possible tools for all ARS employees to use in an environment with appropriate risk management.
Current Projects
••         Advancing scientific research with information technology
••         Enabling high-speed networking
••         Migrating to cloud-based collaborative tools
••         Streamlining ARS web communications
••         Improving business productivity through agile development
Before entering this position, Paul served as Associate CIO at USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) where he oversaw strategic IT planning, priority setting, and review of agency information technology initiatives in support of the ERS program of research.  He contributed to the work of the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data, including its recent publication, "Harnessing the Power of Digital Data for Science and Society."  While at ERS, he also served as Assistant Administrator, responsible for ERS program performance and accountability activities and as Information Resource Manager for the Market and Trade Economics Division, where he led an international team that created the Agricultural Market Access Database, which enables extensive analysis of trade restrictions in global agricultural markets.  Prior to joining USDA, Paul spent over 12 years as an International Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Paul received an M.S. in Information Management from Syracuse University in 2006. In 2003 he earned certification as a Federal Chief Information Officer from National Defense University, Washington, DC. He also holds an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.