Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations Sam Shellenberger
Sam Shellenberger, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Department of Labor Veteran's Employment and Training Service (VETS) Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Operations and Management. In this role he oversees a budget of $226M and over 200 employees who provide oversight for VETS’ grant and training programs, conduct investigations related to USERRA and Veterans Preference, and provide budget, finance, contracting, information technology support, and administrative support to VETS. Prior to becoming the VETS DAS, Mr. Shellenberger served as the Comptroller and Director of Financial Administration with DOL's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).
Sam is a career public servant. He began as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy where he spent 8 years on active duty aboard 2 combatant ships, and served as an ROTC instructor at Purdue University. He transferred to the Navy Reserve in 1989 and served for 17 years in assignments supporting a number of US and NATO commands. In 2007 he retired as a Navy Captain after 25 years of service.
Upon leaving active duty Sam went to work for the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC in 1989. He worked as a speechwriter and held several budget and policy positions in HHS, including serving as the Budget Director /IT director for the Administration on Aging. In 2000, Sam went to the Administrative Office of the US Courts to serve as the Deputy Budget Officer for the Federal Judiciary. There he oversaw budget formulation, execution, and financial internal controls policy for the federal courts. In 2005, Sam returned to HHS as the Deputy Inspector General for Management and Policy. In this position, he was the Chief Management Official overseeing all financial, IT, and HR work. He left the Office of the Inspector General in 2010 to help build the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, an innovative "start-up" organization charged with speeding the adoption and utilization of electronic health records. As the Director of Mission Support he was responsible for allocation and oversight of $2 billion in Recovery Act spending.
Sam holds an MA in Political Science / Public Policy from Purdue University; a BA in Social Science from Colorado State University, and is a graduate of the Navy War College, College of Command and Staff. He and his wife Laurie live in Springfield Virginia and have three adult children. Sam is a volunteer with the Massanutten Ski Patrol and serves on their board of Directors. In addition, he volunteers with the Arlington County Extension Service as a Master Financial Education Volunteer. His hobbies include kayaking, camping, and travel.