2016 Fed 100

Federal 100: Joe Paiva

Name: Joe Paiva
Title: Chief Information Officer
Agency: International Trade Administration, Commerce Department

The mission fanatic. Paiva works in an IT shop, but his day-to-day job is emphatically not about technology; it's about what technology enables users to do. He hammered that ethos home relentlessly as he moved ITA's systems to the Amazon Web Services cloud -- slashing IT spending by 15 percent -- and swore off new hardware purchases. Providing everything as a service offers better value, he said, adding that the days of personal deal-making are gone. The Internet is the marketplace, and his mission is to position his agency as the best possible link between U.S. companies and foreign markets.

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