Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D.
Under Secretary for Benefits
Veterans Benefits Administration
Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve
as the 7th Under Secretary for Benefits and was confirmed by the United States
Senate on April 26, 2018.
As Under Secretary, he leads more than 24,000 employees in the Veterans
Benefits Administration (VBA) in the delivery of $118 billion in benefits for
Veterans, including disability compensation, pension and fiduciary, education,
home loan guaranty, vocational rehabilitation and employment, life insurance,
and transition and economic development.
Prior to his confirmation, Dr. Lawrence served as Vice President at Kaiser Associates. He has 30 years of
experience working closely with federal leaders as a senior management consultant. Dr. Lawrence served in
the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Captain. He graduated from the Army's Airborne School and was
awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia
Tech and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.