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 program offices.
Amy L. Solomon
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Amy L. Solomon was appointed by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and named Acting Assistant Attorney General, of the Office of Justice Programs in May 2021. She leads the Department of Justice’s principal funding, research and statistical component, overseeing about $5 billion annually in grants and other resources to support state, local and tribal criminal and juvenile justice activities and victim service programs.
Before she was appointed to lead OJP, Amy was Vice President of Criminal Justice at Arnold Ventures, where she launched and led a corrections reform portfolio. The new investment portfolios aimed to reduce the reach and transform the culture of prisons; spark a fundamental shift in the focus of community supervision from catching failure to promoting success; and expand economic opportunities for people with a criminal record. Amy actively collaborated with other philanthropies, serving on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Funders Forum and the founding Clean Slate Advisory Board.
Prior to joining Arnold Ventures, Amy served for seven years in the Obama administration as director of policy for OJP and as senior advisor to OJP’s Assistant Attorney General. She worked with Justice Department leadership and the White House to shape, launch, and implement a broad range of domestic policy initiatives focused on criminal justice reform, urban policy, and building trust between the justice system and communities of color. Amy was also executive director of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, a cabinet-level body established by President Obama and comprising more than 20 federal agencies. The Council spearheaded substantial policy reforms, including the federal Ban the Box rule, fair housing guidance, the Second Chance Pell initiative, Medicaid guidance for the justice-involved population, and a critical modification related to child support.
Before joining the Obama Administration, Amy spent 10 years at the Urban Institute, where she directed projects relating to prisoner reentry and public safety. Through foundational Reentry Roundtables and seminal reports, Amy was part of the small team to define and establish reentry as a national concern. She previously worked at OJP’s National Institute of Justice where she developed community crime-reduction and reentry initiatives. Amy helped shape and manage the country’s first national prisoner reentry efforts, the Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative (SACSI), Community Mapping, Planning and Analysis for Safety Strategies Initiative (COMPASS), and the Crime Policy for the 21st Century Initiative. Amy has also managed a community service program for justice-involved individuals; developed reentry strategies for a state department of correction; and worked with juveniles in probation, halfway house, and school settings.
Amy has served on numerous advisory councils and boards, helping shape innovative approaches to criminal justice challenges in collaboration with policymakers and practitioners, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, and the advocacy community. Amy has received several awards for her pioneering work, including the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Leadership to the Cabinet-Level Reentry Council. Amy holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Operations and Management
Maureen A. Henneberg is the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Justice Programs. She leads the Department of Justice’s principal funding, research and statistical component, overseeing about $5 billion annually in grants and other resources to support state, local and tribal criminal and juvenile justice activities and victim services.
Maureen has served as OJP’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Operations and Management since February 2015, following a one-year term as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General. In this position, she has advised the Assistant Attorney General on management and operational issues, overseeing OJP’s business offices, including the Office of the Chief Financial Officer; the Office of Administration; the Office of Audit, Assessment, and Management; the Office of the Chief Information Officer; the Office of Communications; and the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. In October 2020, she oversaw the launch of a new federal grants management system, JustGrants, developed by OJP in collaboration with DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Before joining the Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Maureen served for five years as Director of OJP's Office of Audit, Assessment, and Management. In this capacity, she 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.
Maureen was also a senior manager in OJP's Bureau of Justice Statistics, 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. She began her career with BJS in 1990 as a Presidential Management Intern and served in several capacities over her 18-year tenure, including as Acting Director; Associate Director of Planning, Management, and Budget; and Acting Chief of Criminal History Improvement Programs.
Maureen serves on various federal working groups and task forces addressing issues such as data quality, open government and detection and prevention of grant fraud.
Maureen earned a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in judicial administration from American University in 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. Her 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.