James A. Crowell IV (“Jim”) was appointed Acting Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on December 10, 2017. The Executive Office, created in 1953, provides general guidance and support to the 94 United States Attorneys' offices and their 10,000-plus employees.
Jim has held many significant executive-level positions in the Department. Prior to this appointment, Jim served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General, Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, and Associate Deputy Attorney General. Before joining the Deputy Attorney General's office, Jim was the Criminal Chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, where he began as an Assistant United States Attorney. As Criminal Chief, Jim oversaw the work of over 85 Assistant U.S. Attorneys involved in criminal prosecutions, including national security, violent crime, fraud and corruption, cybercrime, narcotics, asset forfeiture, and money laundering, as well as the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Project Safe Child, Project Safe Neighborhood, and related anti-crime programs. Jim also served as the Chief of the Southern Division.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jim was a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, the office that oversees the federal effort to combat corruption through the prosecution of officials and employees at all levels of the government. Jim is the recipient of numerous law enforcement awards, including all three of the Department of Defense’s highest civilian awards, recognizing his effort to combat contract fraud and corruption involving military contracts. For his prosecution of public corruption cases, Jim received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for superior performance and excellence as a lawyer, the Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Ensuring the Integrity of Government.
Jim began his career with the Department through the Attorney General’s Honors Program as a Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division’s Criminal Section, following a clerkship with Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Jim received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Jim has also served in the United States Army Reserves since 1994.