Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite N-5677
Washington, DC 20210
Fax: 202-219-6531

Executive Assistant

Ali Khawar

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Mr. Khawar was named Acting Assistant Secretary on March 25, 2021. Mr. Khawar was sworn in on January 20, 2021 as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Employee Benefits Security Administration. He has extensive government experience, and has previously served in a variety of roles at the Department, including as an EBSA investigator, in EBSA's Office of Enforcement, as EBSA's Chief of Staff in two Administrations, and as a Counselor to the 26th Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez. Mr. Khawar has a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from Emory University School of Law.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Ali Khawar
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite S-2524
Washington, DC 20210
Fax: 202-219-5526

Chief of Staff
Mary Beech
Executive Assistant

Timothy D. Hauser

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations

Timothy D. Hauser is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and as such is the chief operating officer of the Agency.

Mr. Hauser joined the Department of Labor in 1991 as a trial attorney for the Plan Benefits Security Division (PBSD), where he represented the Department in federal district court and appellate litigation. From November 2000 until November 2013, Mr. Hauser was the Associate Solicitor of the Division. As the head of PBSD, he was responsible for all of the Department's legal work under ERISA.

Before joining the Department of Labor, Mr. Hauser worked as a trial attorney for six years at Legal Aid of Western Missouri. As a Legal Aid attorney, he represented indigent clients in civil litigation in ten rural counties in Missouri.

Mr. Hauser graduated from Harvard Law School in 1985. He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois.

Deputy Assistant Secretary
Timothy D. Hauser
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite N-5677
Washington DC 20210
Fax: 202-219-6531

Executive Assistant
Becki Marchand

Michael Auerbach

Office of the Chief Accountant

The Office of the Chief Accountant is concerned with annual reporting and audit requirements by employee benefit plans, and enforcement of those provisions through the imposition of civil penalties against a plan administrator whose annual report is rejected, as provided in Part 1, Sections 103 and 104, and Part 5, Section 502, of Title I of ERISA. The Office of the Chief Accountant also operates under the broad authority to conduct investigations and to inspect records, under Part 5, Section 504 of Title I of ERISA. The Office of the Chief Accountant is comprised of two divisions: the Division of Accounting Services and the Division of Reporting and Compliance.

The Division of Accounting Services actively performs numerous liaison and outreach activities with professional groups that service employee benefit plans and ensures that plan audits are done in accordance with industry standards. The Division also conducts fiduciary compliance audits of the Thrift Savings Plan.

The Division of Reporting and Compliance ensures that the ERISA database contains timely, complete and accurate information about the regulated plan community. This division is also responsible for the administration of the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program.

Chief Accountant
Michael Auerbach
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20210
Fax: 202-693-8697

Division of Accounting

Marcus Aron

Division of Reporting Compliance
Scott Albert

Michael Schloss

Office of Enforcement

The Office of Enforcement promotes the protection of pension and welfare benefits under ERISA by ensuring a strong and effective national and field office enforcement program through: (1) Policy formulation; (2) Project identification and program planning; (3) Guidance development and implementation; (4) Field liaison; (5) Field and project evaluation; (6) Coordination of investigations to detect and correct violations of Title I of ERISA and related criminal laws conducted by the investigative staff in EBSA's field offices.

The Office of Enforcement is composed of the Division of Financial Investigations and the Division of Health Investigations, which formulate national enforcement policy, oversee major investigations and provide technical assistance to EBSA field offices; the Division of Criminal Investigations, which coordinates national criminal enforcement policy with EBSA field offices and with other government agencies such as the Department of Justice; the Division of Field Operations and Support, which coordinates national compliance projects and targeting efforts, conducts program and project evaluation, and provides administrative assistance to EBSA field offices.

Office Director
Michael Schloss - Acting
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20210

Division of Financial Investigations
Mauricio Palacios
Division of Health Investigations
Joanne Roskey

Division of Criminal Investigations
Elham Fayyazi
Division of Field Operations and Support
Jennifer Henderson

Office of Outreach, Education, and Assistance

The Office of Outreach, Education, and Assistance (OEA) administers EBSA's Participant and Compliance Outreach, Education and Assistance Program. This program provides participant and compliance assistance directly to the public through a staff of Benefits Advisors, located in EBSA's field offices, who answer inquiries and complaints received by phone, mail, electronically or in person. OEA coordinates the development of the Agency's Strategic Plan for Outreach, Education and Assistance, establishes policies and operating procedures for the program, provides oversight and support to the Regional Offices in carrying out these activities, and oversees quality reviews and customer satisfaction surveys related to the program.

The Legislative division tracks legislative activity and policy trends related to retirement and health plan issues, provides analyses of legislative proposals of interest to EBSA, and screens and distributes clearance requests from the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) and Exec Sec for comment within EBSA. It also supports the Secretary and Assistant Secretary with their Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Board responsibilities and international activities. It often serves as project coordinator within EBSA.

Office Director
Becki Marchand - Acting
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite N-5623
Washington, DC 20210
Fax: 202-219-8141

Division of Field Operations and Technical Assistance
William Barron
Public Disclosure Room
Suite N-1515
Division of Legislative Policy Analysis
Nicole Swift

Division of Consumer and Compliance Outreach and Education
Debra Golding
ERISA Advisory Council Executive Secretary
Christine Donahue
Website Manager
Allison Padams-Lavigne
Lead Website Specialist
Tamara Mulhall

Chris Cosby

Office of Exemption Determinations

The Office of Exemption Determinations is responsible for processing requests for individual and class exemptions from ERISA's prohibited transaction provisions.

The Office of Exemption Determinations is comprised of two divisions, the Division of Individual Exemptions and the Division of Class Exemptions. The Division of Individual Exemptions is staffed by a division chief and three teams of analysts each of which is headed by a supervisor or team leader. The primary responsibilities of the Division of Individual Exemptions include analyzing individual exemption applications which involve a wide array of financial transactions, preparing interpretive letters and Federal Register notices, and reviewing petitions for good faith waivers of section 502(l) penalties.

The primary responsibilities of the Division of Class Exemptions include analyzing applications for class exemptions, and major individual exemptions related thereto, preparing Federal Register notices, reviewing petitions for good faith waivers of section 502(l) penalties, drafting advisory opinions and information letters regarding class exemptions, and handling special projects.

Office Director
Chris Cosby
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20210
Fax: 202-219-0204

Division of Class Exemptions

Division of Individual Exemptions
Christopher Motta
Assistant Chief
Jan Broady

Amy J. Turner

Office of Field Administration

The Office of Field Administration (OFA) is responsible for the oversight of EBSA's ten Regional Offices (and three District Offices). The Office oversees regional operations and ensures the execution of Regional Office enforcement, outreach, education and assistance programs with respect to the requirements of ERISA relating to fiduciary standards, prohibited transactions, reporting and disclosure, bonding, requirements for group health plans, and prohibitions against office holdings, as well as the undertaking of criminal investigations.

OFA ensures coordination across EBSA's regions and other EBSA and DOL program offices, to ensure integrated program, regulatory, and policy implementation. The Office provides support and technical guidance to EBSA's field offices and assures regional input into Agency and DOL programs.

Office Director
Amy J. Turner
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite N-5677
Washington DC 20210
Fax: 202-219-6531

Amber Rivers

Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance

The Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA) is the primary source of regulations and interpretive guidance related to group health plans under ERISA and provides education, compliance assistance, and other technical support to group health plans, their service providers, participants and beneficiaries, other EBSA offices, and other government agencies on health coverage-related matters.

OHPSCA is responsible for implementing various provisions of law affecting group health plans, including the Affordable Care Act market reforms, the HIPAA portability and nondiscrimination provisions, the mental health parity provisions, the group health plan provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act, and the COBRA continuation health coverage provisions included in ERISA, among other laws.

Section 104 of HIPAA requires the Secretaries of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that shared health coverage provisions be administered so as to have the same effect at all times. As a result of this shared jurisdiction, OHPSCA works closely with the Departments of the Treasury and HHS to promulgate joint regulations and other subregulatory interpretive guidance, such as frequently asked questions and technical releases.

Through these efforts, OHPSCA works to ensure that the group health plan requirements of ERISA and other related laws are implemented so that ERISA plan participants and beneficiaries receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

Office Director
Amber Rivers
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite N-5653
Washington, DC 20210
Fax: 202-219-1942

Division of Regulations and Standards
Elizabeth Schumacher

Division of Compliance Assistance and Guidance
Matthew Litton
Senior Advisors
Beth Baum
David Sydlik

Joel Lovelace

Office of Program Planning, Evaluation and Management

The Office of Program Planning, Evaluation and Management provides advice and leadership in the development and implementation of Agency policy, strategic planning and evaluation, financial management, budgeting, human resources and administrative programs designed to assure effective management of Agency operations and resources. The Office provides guidance and support to Agency managers in accomplishment of these responsibilities. The Office also plans and coordinates IT with the OCIO.

Office Director
Leyla Mansur
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite N-5668
Washington DC 20210
Fax: 202-501-6942

Division of Financial Management
Mai Loi
Division of Strategic Planning
Jesus Salinas

Division of Human Capital Management
Kenneth Barron
Division of IT Operations Support
Doug Batchelet
202 693-8601

Office of Research and Analysis

EBSA’s Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) reports directly to EBSA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations and performs four core functions: (1) economic analysis in support of regulatory policy development; (2) economic research into employee benefits policy issues; (3) statistical and analytical support to EBSA’s enforcement and other programs; and (4) actuarial support to EBSA’s offices and programs. The office also supports the Secretary in their duties as Chair of the Board of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Trustee for the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds and provides economic support for EBSA’s participation in relevant international forums. ORA is headed by EBSA's Director of Research and Analysis, who also serves as EBSA's Chief Economist. Its staff consists of professional economists and EBSA's Chief Actuary.

ORA is organized into two divisions: the Division of Regulatory Policy Analysis participates in the development and promulgation of all EBSA rules, assessing rules' economic impacts pursuant to applicable OMB and Congressional mandates; and the Division of Economic Research and Analysis conducts and disseminates economic research calibrated to advance EBSA's mission and expand economic knowledge related to employee benefits.

Office Director
Elaine Zimmerman - Acting
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite N-5718
Washington DC 20210
Fax: 202-219-6531

Deputy Office Director
Lynn Johnson - Acting
Chief Actuary
Chet Andrzejewski

Division of Economic Research and Analysis
Kate Hartwig - Acting
Division of Regulatory Policy Analysis
James Butikofer - Acting

Joe Canary

Office of Regulations and Interpretations

The Office of Regulations and Interpretations is primarily responsible for carrying out EBSA's regulatory agenda and interpretive activities under Title I of ERISA, except for Part 7 and related group health plan issues handled by the Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA).

ORI's core function is to plan, direct, and carry out a program for the provision of regulatory, interpretive, and technical guidance concerning the application of the provisions of Title I of ERISA, certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (Code), the FERSA, as well as certain other laws affecting employee benefit plans. ORI develops and issues regulations, opinions, rulings, forms, outreach materials, technical assistance, and other guidance to facilitate compliance with and enforcement of the coverage, fiduciary, reporting, disclosure, claims procedure, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), qualified domestic relations order, qualified medical child support order, and other provisions of Title I of ERISA, the Code, and FERSA administered by the Department of Labor. ORI also plays a major role in EBSA's development, analysis and implementation of pension and other employee benefit plan policy issues by providing technical assistance and policy support to the Assistant Secretary, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary, and other offices within EBSA (e.g., national and regional offices of enforcement, OCA, OED, OEA), on regulatory, legislative, enforcement, litigation, and other matters. In addition, the Office coordinates regulatory and interpretive activities with other Federal agencies such as the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

The Office is comprised of three divisions, the Division of Regulations, the Division of Fiduciary Interpretations and the Division of Coverage, Reporting and Disclosure. The Division of Regulations is primarily engaged in implementing the agency's regulatory agenda under Title I of ERISA and coordinating regulatory activities with other Federal agencies. The general interpretive responsibilities of the Office are allocated on a subject matter basis between the Division of Fiduciary Interpretations and the Division of Coverage, Reporting and Disclosure. These divisions are primarily engaged in carrying out the interpretive activities assigned to ORI, including compliance assistance and enforcement support functions.

Office Director
Joe Canary
200 Constitution Ave NW
Suite N-5655
Washington, DC 20210
Deputy Director
Jeffrey Turner

Senior Advisor
Janet Walters
Division of Fiduciary

Karen Lloyd

Division of Coverage, Reporting & Disclosure
Eric Berger
Division of Regulations
Fred Wong - Acting

Regional Office Directors

Isabel Colon

Atlanta Regional Office
Isabel Culver
61 Forsyth St SW
Suite 7B54
Atlanta, GA 30303
Fax: 404-302-3975

Carol Hamilton

Boston Regional Office
Carol Hamilton
15 New Sudbury St
Suite 575
Boston, MA 02203
Fax: 617-565-9666


Chicago Regional Office
Kelli Hammerl -Acting
230 S Dearborn St
Suite 2160
Chicago, IL 60604
Fax: 312-353-1023

Joe Rivers

Cincinnati Regional Office
Joe Rivers
1885 Dixie Hwy
Suite 210
Ft Wright, KY 41011-2664
Fax: 859-578-4688

Deborah Perry

Dallas Regional Office
Deborah Perry
525 S Griffin St
Suite 900
Dallas, TX 75202-5025
Fax: 214-767-1055

Mark Underwood

Kansas City Regional Office
Mark Underwood
2300 Main St
Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64108
Fax: 816-285-1888

Crisanta Johnson

Los Angeles Regional Office
Crisanta Johnson
35 N Lake Ave
Suite 300
Pasadena, CA 91101
Fax: 626-229-1098

Thomas Licetti

New York Regional Office
Thomas Licetti
201 Varick Street
Room 746
New York, NY 10014
Fax: 212-607-8611


Philadelphia Regional Office
Cristina O'Brien - Acting
1835 Market Street, 21st Floor
Mailstop EBSA/21
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2968
Fax: 215-861-5347


Klaus Placke

San Francisco Regional Office
Klaus Placke
90 7th St
Suite 11-300
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax: 415-625-2450


District Office Supervisors

Norman Rivera
1000 S Pine Island Rd
Suite 100
Plantation, FL 33324
Fax: 954-424-0548

Liam Roberts
300 Fifth Ave
Suite 1110
Seattle, WA 98104
Fax: 206-757-6662

Washington DC
Susanne Kimberland
1335 East-West Hwy
Suite 200
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fax: 202-693-8736