John Laub, a criminologist at the University of Maryland at College Park, is President Barack Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's research and development office.
The White House said Friday that Obama intends to nominate Laub as director of the National Institute of Justice. Laub has been at Maryland since 1998 and previously worked at Northeastern University. His recent research includes “neighborhood change and crime rates in the District of Columbia,” according to his university Web site. He has a doctorate in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany.
The National Institute of Justice advises the Justice Department — as well as states and localities — on current research into the causes, prevention, and investigation of crime. It also awards grant money, much of it focused on improving police technology.
Also Friday, the White House said that Obama intends to nominate Daniel Gordon for administrator for federal procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget. Gordon (Brandeis, Harvard Law) has been acting general counsel of the Government Accountability Office since May, and he’s worked at GAO since 1992. Since 2002, he’s also been an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University Law School.
Neither Laub nor Gordon returned calls requesting comment. Both positions require Senate confirmation.