THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES DR. JAN CHAIKEN AS DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS
The President today announced his intent to nominate Dr. Jan Chaiken as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BSJ) for the Department of Justice.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is the principal criminal justice statistical agency in the nation. It collects and analyzes statistical data on crime, drug use, crime victims and other criminal justice issues. The agency provides financial and technical support to state statistical agencies and administers special programs to aid state and local governments to improve their criminal justice records and information systems.
Dr. Jan Chaiken is a widely respected researcher in operations research and criminal justice. His research interests have focused on developing and applying quantitative methods for improving the operation of government agencies and for understanding criminal behavior.
Dr. Chaiken currently is principal scientist and an Abt Fellow at Abt Associates, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is director of the Federal Justice Statistics Project for BJS. He has authored and co-authored works on the relationship of drug use and predatory crime, multi-jurisdictional drug-law enforcement strategies, supply and demand reduction and time-series analysis of prison populations. He worked with the FBI to develop the National Incident Based Reporting System, co-authoring a report with the chief statistician of the Uniform Crime Reporting Section of the FBI.
Dr. Chaiken was awarded his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966. He earned his undergraduate degree in Physics from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) in 1960. He is a member of the Operations Research Society of America, the American Society of Criminology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Management Sciences.