Chief Information Officer
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Joe Paiva is the Chief Information Officer of the International Trade Administration (ITA), where he is spearheading efforts to leverage technology to increase ITA's customer base from 25,000 to 250,000.
Mr. Paiva joined ITA in 2014 from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he served most recently as VA's Chief Technology Strategist. Prior to that, he led a joint VA and Department of Defense (DoD) Presidential Initiative as the Executive Director for Virtual Lifetime Electronic Records. He previously played a key role at DoD in several critical initiatives as the Deputy Director for Enterprise Architecture, Infrastructure and Network Operations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Before entering government service as a civilian, Mr. Paiva was Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of multiple private and public U.S. and international companies. His commercial successes include taking a healthcare software company public; turning around a major IT services company in two years by establishing new business units in the U.S., Asia and Europe — quadrupling its revenues; and launching one of the first global Voice over Internet Protocol networks. His published works include a co-authored college textbook used in several top-rated universities and numerous articles about IT development, acquisition and implementation.
Mr. Paiva enlisted in the U.S. Navy directly after high school and served eight years in various amphibious warfare units, including ground and sea deployments to Central America, the Middle East and Africa. Following the events of September 2001, Mr. Paiva returned to military service as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. In addition to his civilian position with the ITA, he continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He earned his engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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