Thomas R. Kane, Ph.D.
Thomas R. Kane, Ph.D., is the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Dr. Kane joined the Bureau in 1977 as a Senior Research Analyst. Subsequently, he was selected for positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of Research, Chief of Staff to the Director, Deputy Assistant Director of the Administration Division, and in 1991, Assistant Director for the Information, Policy and Public Affairs Division. In 2012, Dr. Kane was selected to serve as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Prisons. In 2014, Dr. Kane became Senior Advisor to the Director, a position he held until his current appointment as Acting Director for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, effective January 10, 2016.
As Acting Director, Dr. Kane oversees the operation of 122 Bureau of Prisons facilities with oversight and management of approximately 39,000 staff and approximately 189,000 inmates.
In 1978, Dr. Kane received his Master of Arts degree in Psychology, and in 1981, he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology, both from the State University of New York. In 1992, Dr. Kane received the Attorney General's Medallion. In 1997 and 2006, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service. In 2007, Dr. Kane was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is a member of the American Correctional Association and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kane has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 1991.