Hugh J. Hurwitz

Acting Director Hugh J. Hurwitz

Hugh J. Hurwitz is the Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons. Mr. Hurwitz began his career with the Bureau of Prisons as a law clerk in the Office of General Counsel in 1988. He became a full time employee in 1991 when he was selected as a DOJ honors attorney after serving a one-year clerkship at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He left the Bureau for private law practice, returning in 1997, as the Assistant Chief for Construction Contracting in the Administration Division. Subsequently, he was selected for positions of increasing responsibility, including Chief of National Contracts and Policy, Chief of the Acquisitions Branch and Procurement Executive for the Bureau of Prisons. In 2003, Mr. Hurwitz was selected as the Chief of Acquisitions and Grants Services at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), later becoming the FDA's Chief of Information Technology Shared Services. In 2007, he was appointed Senior Procurement Executive for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) before being promoted to Deputy Chief Financial Officer for ED. Mr. Hurwitz joined NASA's Office of Inspector General in 2012 as the Assistant Inspector General for Management. In 2015, he returned to the Bureau of Prisons as the Senior Deputy Assistant Director for the Information, Policy and Public Affairs Division. Mr. Hurwitz was selected as the Assistant Director for the Reentry Services Division in 2017. On May 18, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed him as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons.

As Acting Director, Mr. Hurwitz oversees the operation of 122 Bureau of Prisons facilities with oversight and management of approximately 37,000 staff and approximately 184,000 inmates.

In 1987, Mr. Hurwitz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester. In 1990, he received his Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law. Mr. Hurwitz has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2003.