Building the Government Talent Management Ecosystem

Friday, May 19, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Dr. JJ Walcutt and Ted Kaouk, Chief Data Officer, OPM

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The federal government is facing significant concerns in identifying, developing, and managing talent. The system was originally designed for a 20th-century workforce characterized by long-term employment, paper-based solutions, and associated bureaucracy speed. However, today’s pace of change, complex problems facing the nation, and the need for deep talent and skills require a new approach to the entire learning and development process for the public sector.

Join us in a discussion with a team of national experts who will dive deep into how to design and create the government talent management ecosystem to modernize managing talent in support of the American people’s work. 


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Dr. JJ Walcutt
Dr. JJ Walcutt

Dr. JJ Walcutt is a scientist, innovator, and learning engineer that specializes in talent development and strategic reform across education, military, and government. She served in the U.S. Government as the Director of Innovation at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative under the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a Human Innovation Fellow under the Office of Personnel Management. During her tenure in the government, she helped define the interoperable digital backbone required for training, education, and talent development across the military, intelligence, and greater security sector. She also designed an open innovation model for re-imagining the executive branch to promote talent development and retention. In her role at the Pentagon, Dr. Walcutt focused on promoting the science of learning through her service as a U.S. Delegate to NATO, Partnership for Peace, and as a national and international keynote speaker. In her role as a Human Innovation Fellow, she used the science of human centered design to recommend improved governmental communication structures with the American people to promote innovative problem solving. In this role, she provided keynote speeches nationally regarding innovation across, and transformation of, the federal government. Dr. Walcutt has over 20 years of experience in research and development for training and education with specific interests in improving educational systems to promote talent development, knowledge management, and decision making under stress.

Ted Kaouk
Ted Kaouk

Chief Data Officer, OPM

Ted Kaouk serves as the Deputy Director for Human Capital Data Management and Modernization and the Chief Data Officer for the Office of Personnel Management. He also serves as the first Chair of the Federal Chief Data Officer Council.

Most recently, Ted was the Chief Data Officer at the Department of Agriculture, where he was responsible for developing strategies to fully leverage its data as a strategic asset, improving organizational decision-making and outcomes for citizens. Ted also served as Chief of Staff in the USDA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), where he provided broad leadership, strategy, communications, and administrative support for the USDA Chief Information Officer in the management of a $3 Billion IT portfolio.

Ted started his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a communications officer, overseeing 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 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.

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