Director Caldwell being sworn in during a congressional hearing in 2003.


Vivian Rachel Caldwell

October 8, 1949 (Age 66)

Occupation: Director, Department of Special Research.
Years Active: 1994 - 1996 | Research Analyst

1996 - 2002 | Assistant Director

2003 - present | Director

Spouse: Nathan Caldwell, 1993-2004
Children: None

Early Life

Caldwell was born in Boston, Massachusetts. The daughter of Elizabeth Scofield, a secretary, and Robert Scofield, a journalist for the Boston Globe. The oldest of three children, she was often expected to watch over her siblings Charlotte and Jack. She was raised in Worcester and attended Burncoat High School. She was voted "Most Talkative", and "Most Dramatic" in her senior year (class of 1967).

After college, she and a number of students spent their summer in Europe. While most of the group moved on into France and Italy, Caldwell stayed behind spending a number of weeks in England near London and the southern shore.


Caldwell attended Sarah Lawrence College as well as Stanford University. She completed her bachelors program at Sarah Lawrence in Political Science, as well as her Masters degree in Psychology.

After her initial term as Representative for Massachusetts, she returned to academia and entered the Doctoral program at Stanford, receiving her Doctorate Degree in Sociological Studies.

Activism and Public Office


Caldwell in 1970 attending a protest.

Working girl

Campaign photo, 1988

It was during her time at Stanford that she first began her involvement in activism by protesting the American Industrial-War Complex. In 1968, Calwell signed the "War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. In 1984 Caldwell was arrested along with a number of members of Congress and civil rights activists for disorderly conduct outside the South African embassy while protesting against the South African apartheid system. Ultimately, she decided that to effect any on-going lasting change, the systems would need be changed from within. In 1988, she began her first campaign for public office.


Personal Relationships

After her one-term as U.S. House Representative, Caldwell still kept close contacts in the District of Columbia. However, due to her activist nature as well as her unparralelled ability to butt heads with her former colleagues in the House, she found that she was kept at arms length from most areas of influence

Misc Information

Incident A0-47

Incident A0-47 refers to the DSR case number involving Director Caldwell's father, Robert Scofield. It has been classified at the highest level and is currently only available to the Director and those members of the Congressional Oversight Committee.

Incident R1-249

Caldwell was on-site during Incident R1-249, also referred to as the Utah Anomaly. It is unclear as to what precipitated the event, but its lasting effects are still a source of aggravation for Caldwell. She refuses to discuss it unless absolutely necessary.