Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OAAG)
The Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OAAG) is responsible for the overall management and oversight of OJP. This includes setting policy; ensuring that OJP policies and programs reflect the priorities of the President, the Attorney General, and the Congress; and promoting coordination among the OJP offices and bureaus.
Karol Mason was nominated to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs by President Barack Obama on February 13, 2013. Her appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 25, 2013. As head of the Office of Justice Programs, she oversees an annual budget of more than $2 billion dedicated to supporting state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies; an array of juvenile justice programs; a wide range of research, evaluation, and statistical efforts; and comprehensive services for crime victims.
Ms. Mason previously served the Department of Justice as Deputy Associate Attorney General. At DOJ her primary responsibilities were to oversee the grant making components: the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. In a cross-department initiative to address criminal justice issues in New Orleans, she led a team of representatives from each of the Department's grant components, as well as the Civil Rights Division, the Office of U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, the DEA and the Community Relations Service. She led former Attorney General Holder's Defending Childhood Initiative, and helped create its Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, bringing in the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services as partners. Ms. Mason was responsible for the implementation of the Combined Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), which consolidates all of the Justice Department's tribal grants under a single solicitation.
Prior to her federal government service, Ms. Mason practiced law at the Atlanta law firm of Alston & Bird, where she concentrated on public and project finance, once chaired its management committee.
Ms. Mason received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was note editor for the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. She received her A.B. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as a member of the university's board of trustees from 2001 to 2009, and received the university's Distinguished Alumna Award in 2013. Among her many other honors is a Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice, awarded by former Attorney General Eric Holder in 2011.
Appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in January 2015, Beth McGarry advances for the Assistant Attorney General's consideration major policy and legislative proposals affecting the Office of Justice Program's mission. She coordinates the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and programs to ensure they are consistent with the goals and objectives of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General and the Administration.
Ms. McGarry began serving in the Department of Justice in 1990 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California. In that capacity she represented the U.S. government and its agencies in all civil litigation matters, and was the lead trial attorney for cases involving allegations of employment discrimination, personal injury, medical malpractice and constitutional violations. Later, as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and Acting U.S. Attorney, she managed the legal and administrative operations for an office of approximately 180 employees and served as the chief liaison to the Department of Justice, the district court, other government agencies and the public, and was a Pro Bono mediator for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. From 2002 - 2003 she was Legislative Counsel in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.
Ms. McGarry served in the Office of Justice Programs from 2003 - 2011 as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Operations and Management and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. Providing day-to-day management, she was responsible for human capital, equal employment opportunity and diversity, information technology, acquisitions, financial management, grants management and management controls. During her tenure she also managed and directed the award, implementation and oversight of $2.76 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.
Ms. McGarry returned to the Office of Justice Programs in 2013 as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel. Her responsibilities included advising the Assistant Attorney General on the formulation of policy issues and assisting with the implementation of Department of Justice and Office of Justice Programs' policy initiatives and priorities, as well as coordinating policy implementation within the Office of Justice Programs and with other federal, state, tribal and local government entities. Among her many awards are the 2010 Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service; the 2010 Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service; and the 2000 and 1996 Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. Ms. McGarry holds a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (cum laude) from the University of Delaware.
Maureen A. Henneberg is the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Operations and Management. In this position, Ms. Henneberg advises the Assistant Attorney General on management and operational issues within the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). She oversees the OJP business offices, including the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Administration, Office of Audit, Assessment, and Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Communications, and the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. Ms. Henneberg was appointed to the position in February 2015, after serving as Acting Deputy AAG beginning in February 2014.
Prior to this position, Ms. Henneberg headed OJP's Office of Audit, Assessment, and Management as its Director beginning in January 2009. In this capacity, Ms. Henneberg led the review of OJP's critical financial processes, grants management activities, and grant programs to ensure compliance and proper internal control, and to promote integrity, accountability, and sound stewardship and management of OJP's grant programs and operations.
Ms. Henneberg was a senior manager in OJP's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) where she served as Deputy Director overseeing the bureau's planning, management, and budget activities, publication and dissemination operations, and programs designed to improve crime information and statistics at state and local levels. Ms. Henneberg began her career with BJS in 1990 as a Presidential Management Intern and served in several capacities over her 18-year tenure, including Acting Director, Associate Director of Planning, Management, and Budget, and Acting Chief of Criminal History Improvement Programs.
Ms. Henneberg serves on various federal working groups and task forces addressing issues such as data quality, open government, and detection and prevention of grant fraud.
Ms. Henneberg earned a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in judicial administration from American University, Washington, D.C. in 1990. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and minors in criminal justice and public administration, from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1988. Professional interests and research efforts over the years have focused primarily on criminal justice issues, program assessment and performance measurement, grants management, risk management, and strategic planning.