David F. Musel | Bruce E. Vargo | Scott Stermer
James D. Hall | Katherine Day | John Scalia, Jr.
David (Dave) F. Musel was appointed as the Acting Assistant Director Prisoner Operations Division (AD POD), United States Marshal Service (USMS) on October 1, 2012 in order to lead the merger of OFDT into the POD of the USMS. Concurrently, Mr. Musel is also the Director of Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS), which he has led since assuming the position on December 7, 2009. JPATS provides effective scheduling and safe/reliable transportation of federal, state, and local prisoners and aliens.
As Director of JPATS, Mr. Musel serves as the principal advisor the Director of the USMS and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on matters pertaining to the transportation of prisoners.
Mr. Musel spent ten years in the United States Army serving as an Air Defense Artillery officer in Germany, an Infantry company commander in the Iowa National Guard and in the Judge Advocate General Corps in the Republic of Korea and Washington D.C.
In 1997, Mr. Musel joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency as trial counsel and in 1998 accepted a position as trial counsel in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice.
In 2000, Mr. Musel became the USMS Chief of Staff and then served as the Deputy Federal Detention Trustee for OFDT from July 2004 to December 2009.
Mr. Musel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska in 1983, and his Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1993.
Mr. Musel is the recipient of numerous military and civilian awards and honors, including the 2005 Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Information Technology. He is a member of the District of Columbia and State of Iowa Bar, along with the Army Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He is also a member of the American Corrections Association.
Bruce E. Vargo assumed the duties of the Deputy Federal Detention Trustee on April 25, 2011 and then assumed the duties as the Deputy Assistant Director of OFDT on October 1, 2012 when OFDT merged into the USMS.
While in the Army, Mr. Vargo served in a variety of positions in Europe, Southwest Asia, the Far East, and the Caribbean. His command tours include Commander, 55th Military Police Company in Bubyong, Korea; Commander, 5th Military Police Battalion (CID) in Kaiserslautern, Germany; and Commander, Joint Detention Group, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Mr. Vargo holds a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
Mr. Vargo has received numerous awards and decorations to include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.
Scott Stermer joined OFDT in February 2004. Mr.
Stermer advises the Assistant Director Prisoner Operations Division and Deputy Assistant Director OFDT on all detention program matters that relate
to the area of acquisition. He makes recommendations for changes
or revisions in policies and practices or other matters required
to produce the most effective management of detention resources.
Additionally, he assists in establishing requirements and general
planning objectives for meeting federal detention resource needs
and coordinates procurement actions required to meet current or
future needs. He provides advice to officials of the components
in the solution of operational or policy problems relating to acquisition
of detention services from non-federal providers (private, state
Since joining the Department of Justice in 1986,
Mr. Stermer has gained expertise in the financial management and
contracting arena. His assignments have been located at several
federal correctional institutions in various positions ranging
from Correctional Officer to Assistant Chief, Privatized Corrections
Contracting Section for the entire Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
In his career, Mr. Stermerís responsibilities
included policy development and oversight management of nationwide
contracting and procurement operations for the Bureau, managing
several contracts for construction of detention and correctional
facilities. In his last assignment, he was responsible for the
BOPís contractual agreements relating to private sector detention
and correctional service contracts for federal prisoners.
In 2000, Mr. Stermer participated in the Office
of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Federal Procurement Policyís
Acquisition Exchange Program. He was detailed to OMB to inventory
and evaluate all federal agenciesí policies and guidelines pertaining
to the use of Performance-Based Service Contracting. He received
high praise from the Executive Office of the President on his ability
to manage a government-wide policy program.
Mr. Stermer is a former member of the United States
Air Force, and is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in area
of Business Law and Public Policy through the University of Maryland.
He has attended over 600 hours of specialized Federal Government
James (Jim) Hall joined OFDT in March 2012. Previously, Mr. Hall served with the Department of Interior Office of the Secretary as a member of the Chief Information Officers Program Management Office. As a program manger and the DOI representative for the Federal CIO’s TechStat Working Committee, Mr. Hall planned and executed the implementation of enterprise program review and analysis services, managed deployment of security management and compliance reporting systems addressing fourteen bureaus and some 60,000 end users throughout the United States, and managed IT transformation planning for the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC).
For more than a decade in private industry, Mr. Hall managed industrial IT services as an IT Program Manager for vehicle production plants throughout Mexico and as the global planning estimator for manufacturing IT supporting many of the best known cars and truck in use today. He also served as an Executive Director for a national industrial consulting firm and the President of consumer products manufacturing company.
Mr. Hall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Information Technology / Program Management from Walsh College in Troy Michigan. Before developing a career in Information Technology, Mr. Hall was proud to serve as an enlisted member of Navy Special Forces and earn a commission to retire as a United States Naval Officer.
Katherine (Kathy) Day joined OFDT in February
2004. Previously, Ms. Day served as Senior Counsel in the Bureau
of Prisonsí Office of General Counsel and as Senior Counsel to
the Legal Services Corporation. She also served as a trial attorney
in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and, before
that, as a law clerk to the Chief Administrative Judge of the U.S.
Department of Energy Board of Contract Appeals.
In private practice, Ms. Day was a partner specializing
in commercial law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Wyatt & Salzstein.
She also worked as an associate with the New York law firm of Wilson,
Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker.
Ms. Day is a 1979 graduate of Vassar College and
a 1983 graduate of the Albany Law School of Union University, where
she was Articles Editor for the Albany Law Review. Before entering
law school, Ms. Day was a News Editor for several trade publications
at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.
John Scalia, Jr., joined OFDT in January 2002.
Mr. Scalia collects and analyzes data on persons detained by federal
authorities and on federal detention programs and develops mathematical
and statistical models to forecast future populations of criminal
detainees. While at OFDT, he managed the development of the National
Repository for Detention Space Availability, an Internet-based
database of non-federal detention facilities available for use
by federal law enforcement to house federal prisoners.
Previously, Mr. Scalia served as a statistician
at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, where he authored 14 agency
reports addressing various aspects of the federal criminal justice
system. Prior to that, he served at the United States Sentencing
Commission, where his responsibilities included the development
of a methodology to assess the impact of amendments to the Federal
Sentencing Guidelines on the federal prison population.
Mr. Scalia received a Master of Science in Forensic
Sciences in 1992 from the George Washington University in Washington,
D.C., where he also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology