Appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in January 2015, Beth McGarry advances for the Assistant Attorney General's consideration major policy and legislative proposals affecting the Office of Justice Program's mission. She coordinates the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and programs to ensure they are consistent with the goals and objectives of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General and the Administration.
Ms. McGarry began serving in the Department of Justice in 1990 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California. In that capacity she represented the U.S. government and its agencies in all civil litigation matters, and was the lead trial attorney for cases involving allegations of employment discrimination, personal injury, medical malpractice and constitutional violations. Later, as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and Acting U.S. Attorney, she managed the legal and administrative operations for an office of approximately 180 employees and served as the chief liaison to the Department of Justice, the district court, other government agencies and the public, and was a Pro Bono mediator for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. From 2002 - 2003 she was Legislative Counsel in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.
Ms. McGarry served in the Office of Justice Programs from 2003 - 2011 as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Operations and Management and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. Providing day-to-day management, she was responsible for human capital, equal employment opportunity and diversity, information technology, acquisitions, financial management, grants management and management controls. During her tenure she also managed and directed the award, implementation and oversight of $2.76 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.
Ms. McGarry returned to the Office of Justice Programs in 2013 as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel. Her responsibilities included advising the Assistant Attorney General on the formulation of policy issues and assisting with the implementation of Department of Justice and Office of Justice Programs' policy initiatives and priorities, as well as coordinating policy implementation within the Office of Justice Programs and with other federal, state, tribal and local government entities. Among her many awards are the 2010 Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service; the 2010 Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service; and the 2000 and 1996 Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. Ms. McGarry holds a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (cum laude) from the University of Delaware.
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