Assistant Administrator for Professional Responsibility
James Duncan was appointed in January 2011 as Assistant Administrator of TSA’s new Office of Professional Responsibility. Duncan is standing up the new Office which will ensure that allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated and that discipline is appropriate and fair across the agency.
Duncan has more than 16 years of experience supervising and handling employee misconduct cases at the Office of Professional Responsibility in the Department of Justice. He served as the Associate Counsel of that Office since 2003, and was responsible for hundreds of investigations involving Department of Justice attorneys and law enforcement agents, including Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration agents. In 2009 he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his role in the investigation of politicized hiring by staff in the Office of the Attorney General.
Duncan also received awards from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency for Excellence in Investigations and Excellence in Evaluations for his work on politicized hiring in the Office of the Attorney General, and for politicized hiring in the Department of Justice Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program.
Also at the Department of Justice, from 2002 through 2003, Duncan served as Senior Assistant Counsel, and between 1995 and 2002 he served as Assistant Counsel, handling criminal and administrative investigations. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia, prosecuting criminal cases in federal court, and spent five years in private practice, where he participated in several cases that were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Duncan also served one year as a judicial clerk to U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Duncan received a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1989 and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1984.