Gary Steinberg is no longer acting Director of OWCP. I believe Mr. Steinberg is now Deputy Director.
Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP)
Leonard J. Howie III
Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs
Leonard J. Howie III, Director
Leonard J. Howie III, became Director for the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) on February 2, 2015. Mr. Howie is a long
time public servant, who has distinguished himself as an experienced
leader in a variety of senior positions in state and federal government.
OWCP provides over 4.5 billion dollars annually in wage replacement
benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and other
benefits to federal workers, nuclear energy workers, longshore and
harbor workers, civilian contractors working overseas, coal miners and
certain other employees who are injured at work or acquire an
occupational disease. The annual operating budget for OWCP is
$345,000,000 with a federal staff of over 1,700.
OWCP, Mr. Howie served in the executive service of the State of
Maryland. On September 17, 2012, he was appointed Secretary of the
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (DLLR) by
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Mr. Howie worked extensively within
every facet of DLLR’s core programs, especially those related to
Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance, Wage and Hour Programs,
Occupational Safety and Health, and Adult Education.
also served as Deputy Secretary for Operations at the Department of
Human Resources (DHR), and spent four and a half years as DLLR’s Deputy
Secretary after serving a brief tenure as DLLR’s Commissioner of the
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. In both Deputy
Secretary positions, he managed administrative operations, budget and
finance, information technology, human resources and other core
functions for the agencies.
In the years prior to entering state
service, Mr. Howie was an Attorney Advisor with the Office for Civil
Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, where he represented student
populations facing discrimination, and promoted solutions to civil
rights violations. He spent three years as the Program Evaluations
Director for the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (a
program within the Maryland Judiciary) and was a Senior Consultant with
the Ethics Resource Center, Inc., which provided business ethics
training and consulting for Fortune 500 corporations and governmental
agencies. Mr. Howie also held positions as adjunct faculty and program
advisor at the University of the District of Columbia.
distinguished career began as an Infantry Officer in the United States
Marine Corps from 1984-1989. He continued his military service as a
member of the Reserves from 1989 to 1992 while pursuing a career in law.
Mr. Howie is a 1984 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a
Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He obtained both his Master of Business
Administration and his Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University in 1993,
and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1994.
A native of Dayton, Ohio Mr. Howie currently resides in College Park, Maryland with his wife Robynn and their children.