The acting administrator at the General Services Administration is now the permanent head of the agency.
The Senate confirmed Dan Tangherlini on Thursday evening. He has served at GSA in an acting capacity since April 2012, after then-Administrator Martha Johnson resigned in the fallout of an inspector general report revealing the agency had overspent at a 2010 conference.
After stepping into his new role, Tangherlini focused on cracking down on wasteful spending and eliminating inefficiencies within the agency. One of his initiatives was to conduct a top-to-bottom review, and under his leadership, GSA merged its IT offices under the authority of the chief information officer.
The agency is also working to consolidate key administrative service functions to eliminate redundancy and better align internal operations, which is expected to save GSA $200 million over the next decade, Tangherlini told the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs during the June 18 nomination hearing.
In May, President Barack Obama announced he was planning on naming Tangherlini as GSA’s permanent head, pointing to his work in making the agency more accountable after the conference-spending scandal.
“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. “I want to thank Dan for his leadership over the past year and for agreeing to continue serving in the administration.”