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Timothy Costa

Timothy Costa

Principal, Government Relations

Washington, DC
Harrisburg, PA

Timothy Costa is a government relations professional with more than a decade of experience in state and federal affairs. Prior to joining Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, he was Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, where he spearheaded the DPW’s Office of Program Integrity, which netted for the Commonwealth more than $300 million in savings in less than 15 months.

Throughout his career in state government, Timothy has developed a substantial background in health care and welfare policy and operations, including Medicaid, physical and behavioral health, long-term care, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). At the helm of the largest state welfare program in the nation, he oversaw all aspects of the DPW, including the program offices of Medical Assistance; Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Income Maintenance; Early Childhood Learning Children, Youth and Families; and Intellectual Disabilities.

Prior to his role as executive deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, Timothy served for six years as deputy chief of staff and director of policy for Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri. During that time, he led the state’s efforts to develop and permit the first off-shore wind project in the U.S. He also led the state’s effort to win federal and state legislative approval of the first-in-the-nation Global Medicaid Waiver. 

Timothy led other successful initiatives involving regulatory reform, education and property tax relief that helped to transform Rhode Island from structural deficits to budget surpluses.