Regina B. Schofield, an official of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is being nominated to head the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, which oversees billions of dollars in annual grants for state and local anticrime programs. Schofield is HHS Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and White House liaison. She previously served as government relations manager at the United States Postal Service. Schofield has degrees from Mississippi College and Jackson State University.
Unlike previous directors of the agency, Schofield appears to lack experience in criminal justice. The Bush administration is asking Congress to make major cuts in the agency’s budget this year. The Office of Justice Programs includes the National Institute of Justice, the department’s research agency; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the Bureau of Justice Asssistance; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime.