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Timothy Persons

Timothy Persons

Chief Scientist and Managing Director US Government Accountability Office


Dr. Timothy M. Persons is the Chief Scientist and Managing Director of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO - the oversight, insight, and foresight entity of the U.S. Congress). In addition to founding GAO's Innovation Lab and leading advanced data analytic activities at GAO, he also directs GAO’s science, technology, and engineering portfolio – including technology assessment, technical assistance, and engineering sciences in support of the Congress and GAO.

In these roles, he has led a large interdisciplinary technical team which has advised Congress and informed legislation on topics ranging from artificial intelligence, advanced data analytics, sustainable chemistry, biosafety and biosecurity, 3D printing, nanomanufacturing, homeland security systems, and freshwater conservation technologies, among others.

He also directed the production and release of GAO’s Best Practices Guides – Cost, Schedule, and Technology Readiness Assessment. Prior to joining GAO, Dr. Persons served as the Technical Director for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as well as the technical lead for Quantum Information Sciences and Biometrics research groups for the Information Assurance Directorate at the National Security Agency.

Dr. Persons is a recipient of a 2016 James Madison University (JMU) Distinguished Alumnus Award, a 2014 recipient of a GAO Distinguished Service Award, a 2012 recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming Award in recognition of sustained outstanding and meritorious achievement within the U.S. federal government; and a 2012 and 2010 recipient of GAO’s Big Picture Award for significant project achievement involving the ability to look longer, broader, and more strategically at key national or global issues. He has also received numerous GAO Results through Teamwork awards for key accomplishments in high risk and high-value transformative work for the Comptroller General.

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