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James McCament, Chief, Office of Legislative Affairs

Background Experience/Significant Achievements:

Mr. McCament has served as Chief of OLA since January 2009. In this capacity he oversees USCIS interaction with Members of Congress and their staff on matters of legislative development, immigration policy, USCIS operations and individual cases of interest. As Chief, Mr. McCament supervises 25 employees in HQOLA. He also provides oversight, through the National Strategic Plan, of the 160 USCIS employees that manage local congressional work across the United States. Collectively, the OLA team ensured timely and effective responses to over 150,000 Congressional inquiries received in FY2013.

Mr. McCament previously served as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Field Office Director in Havana, Cuba working as part of the U.S. Interests Section (USINT) to supervise the processing of refugees from Cuba and the adjudication of approximately 18,000 of the 20,000 travel documents issued each year under the 1994 U.S. Cuba Migration Accords.

Mr. McCament served from February 2006 to March 2008 as Senior Counselor to the Director of USCIS with a wide-ranging portfolio of responsibility for strategic analysis and advice regarding key mission, operational, political and inter-agency USCIS and DHS matters including long-term leadership roles in the Department's immigration reform operational planning efforts.

From September 2003 until joining USCIS in February 2006, Mr. McCament held the position of Special Advisor to the Secretary of DHS. Under both Secretary Ridge and Secretary Chertoff, Mr. McCament was closely involved with a spectrum of key departmental operational subject areas, including the science and technology directorate, immigration and related policy matters. From 2005-2006, on behalf of the Office of the Secretary, he played a key role in the preparation of 13 Departmental candidates for Senate confirmation including Secretary Chertoff, the Deputy Secretary, General Counsel and other senior headquarters and agency appointees.

Mr. McCament joined DHS in March 2003 as a founding member of the DHS Office of the General Counsel. From 2001-2003, he was as an Honors-Attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of the Treasury working in the areas of banking and finance, domestic and international enforcement and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).


Following receipt of his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2000, Mr. McCament served as a law clerk to Chief Judge William C. Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. A native of Ohio, he is a member of the State of Ohio Bar.

Mr. McCament received his B.A. in Social Studies and Spanish Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene College. Mr. McCament studied as a Senior Executive Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s “Leadership in a Democratic Society” program. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/17/2010