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.
Maureen Henneberg, Acting Assistant Attorney General
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.