Five top jobs in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs no longer would require Senate confirmation under a bipartisan Senate leadership agreement announced yesterday and reported by MainJustice.com. They include the directorships of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Office for Victims of Crime. The agreement, which still must be approved by Congress, includes the main Justice Department’s legislative affairs director and 200 other government jobs.
Only two of the five offices–the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice–have Senate-confirmed directors in the two-year-old Obama administration, and those confirmations occurred only last June. The other agencies are being run by acting directors. Nominations for the agency positions often must compete with judicial nominations for time slots at the Senate Judiciary Committee.