Designated Agency Ethics Official and Director of USDA's Office of Ethics
Stuart Bender serves as the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) and Director of the Office of Ethics at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this capacity, Mr. Bender is responsible for coordinating and managing the Department's Ethics Program, serving USDA employees across the country and around the globe. Mr. Bender reports directly to USDA's General Counsel.
Mr. Bender has been a public servant for more than 25 years. Before joining USDA in 2010, Mr. Bender was the Designated Agency Ethics Official and Assistant General Counsel at the Office of Management and Budget. From 1995 to 2004, he served as the Legal Counsel and Ethics Officer for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum during its first decade. He has served as an attorney and ethics official in the Executive Office of the President and as a civilian attorney in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Bender received his B.A. degree, cum laude, in political science from Brandeis University, and holds a J.D. degree, cum laude, from the George Washington University School of Law.