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Deputy Attorney General Recognizes Middle District Of Florida Employee

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

WASHINGTON – Public Affairs Officer William Daniels of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida was one of 172 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director James Crowell, IV at the 35th Director’s Awards Ceremony today in Washington D.C.

The Middle District of Florida was one of 31 districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

In his prepared remarks, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen addressed the recipients and guests, saying, “Today’s honorees have earned the esteem of their colleagues.  But most importantly, you have earned the gratitude of your fellow citizens — whose communities you have made safer, whose lives you have improved, and whose trust you have rewarded. 

In his remarks, EOUSA Director James Crowell told the recipients, “The Department of Justice is in truth a deployed force.  Your work isn’t easy, but it is vital to the functioning and enduring nature of our democracy.  As federal prosecutors, we are held to a higher standard, a standard that requires us to ensure that we uphold the rule of law and the fundamental rules of fairness in every trial, every settlement, every plea, and every legal argument in which we are involved.”

Public Affairs Officer William Daniels is recognized for his extraordinary performance in Public Affairs concerning the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Attack. Mr. Daniels’s exceptional service, from the date of the event and throughout the related criminal trial that led to the acquittal of Noor Salman, merits this award. Mr. Daniels deserves ample praise for his work for his initial response to the scene; ability to address victim and community concerns following the aftermath of the event, and during the criminal investigation and trial; his solutions to unique media and court relations problems; his coordination with DOJ components and local, state, and federal law enforcement; and his deft handling of all public affairs issues.

“Mr. Daniels is a tremendous asset to our team here in the Middle District of Florida. His expertise and skills are unmatched, and his dedication and commitment are unfaltering,” said U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez. “Mr. Daniels is an extraordinary example of how best a Public Affairs Officer can further the Department and USAO mission.”   

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit

Updated June 20, 2019

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