President Barack Obama intends to nominate Dan Tangherlini as administrator of the General Services Administration, according to a May 22 release from the White House.
“As acting director, Dan helped restore the trust of the American people in the General Services Administration by making the agency more efficient, accountable and transparent,” Obama said in the statement. “I want to thank Dan for his leadership over the past year and for agreeing to continue serving in the administration.”
Tangherlini stepped into his role as GSA’s acting administrator April 2012, following findings from the inspector general that the agency had spent more than $800,000 on a 2010 conference in Las Vegas. In the fallout of the scandal, then-Administrator Martha Johnson stepped down, as did other senior officials involved in the debacle.
After assuming his new role April 2, Tangherlini has worked to increase accountability at GSA and overhaul processes and procedures to reduce waste and inefficiencies by implementing a top-to-bottom review of the agency. Under that initiative, GSA consolidated its IT offices under the authority of the chief information officer and said it would take a similar approach with its human resources, administrative and financial offices.
That review process spearheaded by Tangherlini also included slashing executive bonuses by 85 percent, and reviewing and revamping the entire performance awards system.
Tangerlini’s position before GSA was at the Treasury Department, serving in roles including chief financial officer and assistant secretary for management. Prior to Treasury, Tangherlini was District of Columbia city administrator and deputy mayor. His other roles include interim general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and chief financial officer of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Tangherlini’s overall government career dates back to 1991, when he first came on board as a presidential management fellow at the Office of Management and Budget.