Melodee Hanes has replaced Jeff Slowikowski as acting administrator of the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, suggesting that there probably will not be a presidential appointment for the agency any time soon, reports Youth Today. Slowikowski, who has worked at the agency since 1990, has been acting administrator since January 2009. The shake-up is due to Slowikowski's desire to leave the administrator position, said spokeswoman Starr Stepp.
Hanes has since 2009 served as deputy administrator of policy for OJJDP, which funds state compliance with federal juvenile justice standards and also supports delinquency prevention, mentoring, child protection and the pursuit and assistance of missing and exploited children. Youth Today says Hanes inherits the reins at a tumultuous time for the agency, which took a $148 million cut in a 2011 spending deal last April. An immediate priority for Hanes will be the agency's relationship with states in regard to “formula” aid, which dropped to $40 million in 2012 from $75 million in 2010 and $62 million in 2011. Those funds are given to states in exchange for compliance with four requirements in the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.