Deborah Daniels is resigning as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Office of Justice Programs, which gives crime fighting aid to states and localities. Daniels, 53, is returning to the Indianapolis law firm of Krieg DeVault, the Indianapolis Star reports. Daniels is the sister of Indiana Gov.-elect Mitch Daniels, who was President Bush’s budget director.
Daniels said that one of her roles at the law firm would be as a consultant to those seeking government assistance in bolstering security and in regulatory compliance. In her current job, Daniels directs the primary research and grant-making arm of the Justice Department, with a budget of more than $4 billion. She was director of the Justice Department’s “Weed and Seed” program, aimed at preventing crime in targeted neighborhoods through community policing. She also was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana and chief counsel to the Marion County prosecutor. Daniels said she would not seek work from her brother’s administration. “Both Mitch and I feel that would be inappropriate,” she said. “There are 49 other states out there. I think there’s plenty of work to be done.”