Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)
Leonard J. Howie III
Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
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.