Chief of Staff
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Ted Kaouk serves as the Chief of Staff in the USDA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) where he provides broad leadership, strategy, communications, and administrative support for the USDA Chief Information Officer in the management of a $3 Billion IT portfolio. He is also responsible for the USDA agency priority goal to establish strategic analytics dashboards that will enable improved decision-making and program outcomes for citizens.
Ted started his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. He served as a communications officer, where he oversaw a guided missile destroyer's computer network, satellite communications suite, and cryptographic program, and as damage control officer, managing all crew readiness programs for conventional, bio-chemical, and environmental threats to normal shipboard operations and stability. Ted began Federal service in 2011 as a project manager for the Chief Information Officer at USDA Rural Development (RD). Before joining OCIO, he served in the RD Office of the Under Secretary as special assistant and program manager for strategic projects in a mission area with a $2.4 billion budget and a portfolio of $38 billion in loans, grants and other assistance spanning rural housing, broadband, utilities, and community facilities.
Ted graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree, earned a Master’s from the University of Virginia, and a PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Excellence in Government Fellows Program.