In February 2010, Howard retired as an Audit Program Manager from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General. During a 39 year career, he specialized in auditing agricultural research, international programs, and homeland security activities. His assignments required him to travel to 35 countries. From 1999 to October 2004, Howard served as a Senior Intelligence Research Specialist and USDA Liaison to Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
Howard also volunteers as the newsletter editor for his civic association and is the treasurer of the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling. After receiving a BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, rather than being drafted, he joined the Army and served as a military auditor with the U.S. Army Audit Agency in Korea.
In November 2015, Parks and Recreation Magazine published an article he wrote entitled “Park Foundations Can Prove Valuable Partners”.
He and his wife, Arla, have lived in Fairfax since 1985 and have two grown children.