Staton is the Deputy CIO of the U.S. Department of Energy. He has held this position since October 2006. Prior to working at the Department of Energy, Staton worked in the Federal government in different IT positions. He spent over 26 years in various positions in the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Staton also served in the Senior Executive Service as the Director of Central Operations at NOAA’s National Weather Service. Following that, in 2001 Staton was the CIO for the National Weather Service and the following year he became CIO of the NOAA. Additionally, Staton was named Director of High Performance Computing and Communications for NOAA.
Staton graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He has received several honors and awards in his career such as the GSA Interagency Committee on Information Resource Management Technical Excellence Award and the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal.