We had a new federal OWCP work injury patient who called us a couple of weeks ago because he was hurt while working as a letter carrier for the post office.  After he made his appointment to see the doctor, he called back and told us that he was told that he had to go see his company doctor first.  What company doctor?  He was surprised to learn that the post office doesn’t have a company doctor.  The Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA) allows for any injured federal employee to go to any medical doctor for their OWCP work injury.  Fortunately for this man, he was able to come see a WOLMED doctor that is specially trained to help injured federal employees from the United States Postal Service.  

The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

Seal of the United States Department of Energy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://ping.fm/9Wuoc The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) is publishing a list of Department of Energy (DOE) facilities covered under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended (EEOICPA). This notice revises and republishes the listing of DOE facilities that was last published by OWCP on November 24, 2010 (75 FR 71737) to include additional determinations made on this subject through March 6, 2012.

Gary Steinberg

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.

Before joining 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.

Mr. Howie 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.

His 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.