Gipson Is Named ARS Secretary of the
Year By David
February 13, 2002
BELTSVILLE, Md., Feb. 13Agricultural Research Service secretary
Aisha R. Gipson is the 2001 winner of
the federal research agency's "Secretary of the Year" award. She and other
agency award winners will be honored in a ceremony today at 1 p.m. at the ARS
Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural
Gipson has worked with ARS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
scientific research agency, for eight years. For the last year and a half, she
has been a secretary in the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Services
Branch. She is the first and only secretary of that branch. Gipson had to
create and deploy new office procedures for more than 30 employees.
"She's done this in an outstanding manner," said REE Services
Branch Chief Martin W. Brumback. "She's an exceptional employee."
Brumback cited numerous organizational tasks Gipson has designed
and completed successfully. He said her actions had resulted in outstanding
fiscal management of branch funds.
Gipson used some of her own time to complete three
USDA Graduate School correspondence courses
and applied the skills she learned to improving office operations. She created
many work charts, including one that makes it easier for supervisors to keep
track of employee attendance, as well as one for customers to see which
employees handle specific tasks. Gipson also improved the flow of paper
throughout the office and created better procedures for proofreading. "And she
always goes out of her way to help callers when they phone for assistance,"
The purpose of the Secretary of the Year award is recognize the
outstanding achievements and creative efforts of ARS secretaries. Gipson's
citation is "for a documented record of improving the REE Services Branch