WASHINGTON — The Justice Department today announced that William E. Moschella will serve as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General effective immediately. Mr. Moschella succeeds William Mercer, who was nominated in early September to serve as Associate Attorney General.
Mr. Moschella currently serves as Assistant Attorney General for the Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs. In this capacity, he acts as the legislative liaison between the Department and the U.S. Congress – representing the interests and opinions of the Department before members of the House and Senate.
As Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Moschella helped shepherd significant acts of legislation from inception to passage, including the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
"Will has been a valuable member of my team since day one," said Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. "Since his confirmation in 2003, Will has aided the passage of every single piece of significant anti-terror legislation. He has provided both Attorney General Ashcroft and me with expert guidance and unmatched negotiation skills in his role as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs."
“I've known Will for a decade. He has a vast knowledge of most of the complex matters facing the Department,” said Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty. “His extraordinary experience will be an asset to my office and a continued asset to the Department for as long as he chooses to stay with the Department.”
From 1990 to 2003, Mr. Moschella worked on Capitol Hill, including serving as Counsel to the House Committee on Government Reform, General Counsel to the House Committee on Rules, Chief Investigative Counsel to the House Committee on the Judiciary, and Chief Legislative Counsel and Parliamentarian to the House Committee on the Judiciary. In 2003, he was nominated by President Bush to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. He was confirmed by the Senate on May 9, 2003. He received his law degree from George Mason University Law School and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.