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Tangherlini picked to be permanent GSA administrator

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Dan Tangherlini has led GSA as acting administrator for 13 months. (File photo)

Dan Tangherlini, who has been acting Administrator of the General Services Administration for more than a year, now may get the job permanently. On May 22, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Tangherlini for the role.

In his acting capacity, "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."

Tangherlini, formerly assistant secretary for management and CFO at the Treasury Department, became acting GSA administrator in April 2012, after former Administrator Martha Johnson resigned. He took the helm as the agency was reeling from revelations of lavish overspending on a Las Vegas conference and instituted several reforms intended to get firmer control over the agency's financial decisions and to increase accountability.

Tangherlini's nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

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Reader comments

Thu, May 23, 2013

I'm a GSA employee and I don't know whether this is good news. Mr Tangherlini was put in charge of GSA because of the PBS Conference scandal. And like all political reactions, the whole agency was penalized rather than the few 'high-ranking' officials who were the cause. I'm not saying that some of the changes he has put into place weren't needed, but, in total, Mr Tangherlini's actions can be liken to using a sledge hammer to kill an ant. From my point of view and the last GSA employee satisfaction survey, the agency's atmosphere has worsen. I believe this is not just due to the changes themselves, but also the turmoil caused by the effort of many sizeable and simultaneous initiatives in addition to the duties which are the agency's mission. I'm waiting to see any 'positive' changes for GSA because all I've seen so far from Mr Tangherlini are restrictions and prohibitions.

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