March | April 2020

Staff Spotlight: Associate Administrator Janet Chiancone
Janet Chiancone, OJJDP Associate AdministratorJanet Chiancone, OJJDP Associate Administrator

Associate Administrator Janet Chiancone oversees OJJDP’s Budget and Administration Division, which handles all agency budget and administrative matters, including human resources, the OJJDP budget, and grantee performance measures.

Ms. Chiancone’s division is responsible for budget development and execution for OJJDP grants and interagency agreements. In fiscal year 2019, OJJDP made approximately 323 awards totaling more than $323 million to protect public safety, ensure offenders are held accountable, and empower youth to live productive and law-abiding lives.

The division also oversees the Office’s operations budget—which supports staff travel, training, and OJJDP contracts—as well as day-to-day operations, including time and attendance, space assignment, work order submissions, and workforce management. In addition, division staff serve as liaisons to other Office of Justice Programs support offices, such as the Office of Administration, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and Office of the Chief Information Officer.

During her 22-year tenure at OJJDP, Ms. Chiancone has served in a variety of roles, including acting deputy administrator for programs, associate administrator for budget and planning, research coordinator, and social science program specialist. She is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen publications, including OJJDP Research 2000 and OJJDP Research: Making a Difference for Juveniles. Ms. Chiancone is a recipient of the Assistant Attorney General’s Award.

Before joining OJJDP, Ms. Chiancone worked as a research associate at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, where she conducted research on parental kidnapping and child dependency court improvement. Her prior experience includes coordinating a local Court Appointed Special Advocates program and managing a Department of Education-funded research project that examined the impact of Head Start programs on homeless children and their families. She began her career working on community development, housing, and homelessness issues as a program developer. She earned a master’s degree in family and community development from the University of Maryland. Her master’s thesis examined the circumstances of homeless women who are separated from their children.