Arnold Jackson is the Associate Director for Decennial Census at the U.S. Census Bureau.
He provides executive leadership for all decennial census and related programs, and is principal adviser to the executive staff, providing overall direction, planning and coordination for all decennial census operations. He works closely with the six decennial division chiefs and two program office chiefs to provide overall direction for reengineering the 2010 Census.
As the Chief Operating Officer for the Decennial Census, he oversees the formulation of the budget and directs the administration of all decennial census and geographic support funds.
Before returning to the Census Bureau in September 2002, Jackson was president and member of the board of directors of an information management consultancy. His work included strategic planning, enterprise architecture, technology strategies and process reengineering. He also implemented programs and practices in support of the Clinger-Cohen Act, a 1996 law designed to improve the way the federal government acquires and manages information technology. Jackson's customers included defense, law enforcement and civilian agencies.
During his previous tenure at the Census Bureau, Jackson was the first associate director and chief information officer to serve on the director's executive staff. He was chief of the former Decennial Operations Division, pioneering the use of highly distributed information-technology solutions for decennial census nationwide support. That division became the Decennial System and Contracts Management Office for the 1990 Census.
Jackson came to the Census Bureau after several years in the management consulting business, where he was a partner and director in a minority-owned business-consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Jackson is a winner of a Hammer Award for leading a team that launched the Census Bureau Web site in the mid-1990s. The Hammer Award is presented to teams of federal employees who have made significant contributions in support of reinventing government principles.
Jackson is a graduate of Hampton University, the Harvard Business School and the Federal Executive's Institute.