The Office of Justice Programs nominee told a Senate panel today that she would make sure Justice Department grant money is used effectively if the Senate confirms her.
Laurie O. Robinson said during the question and answer portion of a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing that Justice Department officials must be “good stewards” of the billions of taxpayer dollars that OJP allocates to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
“It is imperative that there be a system of internal controls and strong accountability to guard against waste, fraud and abuse,” Robinson said in her written testimony. “Building on my prior experience, this will be one of my highest priorities if confirmed, working closely with the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.”
The OJP nominee said in her written testimony that she would also make a “What Works Clearinghouse” of summarized Justice Department research available to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to ensure that taxpayer money is going towards effective programs.
Robinson, who is currently OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, was OJP Acting Assistant Attorney General from January until her nomination in September.
She previously served as the OJP Assistant Attorney General during the Clinton administration. During her leadership from 1993 to 2000, the annual appropriations for the office grew from $800 million to more than $4 billion, according to her biography.
Panel Democrats — including Sens. Ben Cardin (Md.), Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) — praised Robinson for her past service. ”You bring a wealth of experience to this position,” said Cardin, who chaired the hearing.
Robinson would succeed Bush OJP head Jeffrey Sedgwick, who resigned in January.
Read more about Robinson here.