The U.S. Justice Department recently announced key leadership appointments in the enforcement arena. All three appointees graduated from either the undergraduate school or law school at President Bush's alma mater, Yale University.
Christopher Wray, 33, has been nominated as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division, replacing Michael Chertoff. Wray is chief aide to Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta. Chertoff left the department after being confirmed as a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Wray awaits Senate confirmation.
Assistant Attorney General Robert McCallum Jr., who currently heads the civil division of the Justice Department and oversees False Claims Act prosecutions, has been confirmed by the Senate for the department's No. 3 position as associate attorney general, a job that had been vacant. Before joining the Justice Department, he was a partner at the Atlanta firm of Alston & Bird and worked as special assistant attorney general for Georgia from 1979 to 1987.
Replacing McCallum is Peter Keisler, recently confirmed to the post by the Senate. He has been acting associate attorney general. Before joining the Justice Department in June 2002, Keisler was a partner in the Washington office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. He also served as associate counsel to President Reagan.
The three are among the Justice Department's highest ranking healthcare fraud fighters, overseeing criminal and civil investigations and False Claims Act settlements and prosecutions, including the recent HCA civil settlement.