Laura Watson

Administrator, Office of Grants Management, U.S. Department of Labor

Laura P. Watson currently serves as the Administrator of the Office of Grants Management. She has extensive experience in all phases the federal assistance arena with the Department of Labor. Initially, she worked under the Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management (ASAM) in the Division of Cost Determination overseeing indirect costs rate negotiations. After 12 years in ASAM, she moved to the Employment & Training Administration where she has overseen all aspects of grants management – from solicitations to closeout/audit. Ms. Watson currently represents the Department on the Grants Executive Board under the guidance of the Office of Management & Budget, and has participated in a number of other cross agency workgroups. Ms. Watson is a graduate of North Carolina State University, the Federal Executive Institute, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Laura is also a licensed CPA in the District of Columbia and resides in Arlington, VA with her husband, two children, and two dogs.