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Werfel officially out of government

Danny Werfel

Back in December, the Internal Revenue Service gave a heads up of now-former OMB Controller Danny Werfel's intentions to leave the White House and the federal government for the private sector.

Werfel's last day of government employment was Dec. 31, the Office of Management and Budget confirmed on Jan. 27 after news reports that Werfel had left.

Werfel was tapped by the White House last May to be acting commissioner at the IRS. According to OMB, Deputy Controller Norman Dong has performed the duties of OMB's controller since Werfel took on the IRS job.

The IRS said in a Dec. 20 statement to reporters after current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's confirmation by the Senate that Werfel would remain at the IRS through Dec. 31 to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. "Following that, Mr. Werfel intends to take some time with his family, while exploring future opportunities outside of government," said the statement.

In his time at OMB, the White House said Werfel took on an expanded role within that agency, leading the coordination of its efforts in the areas of Federal procurement, information technology, and personnel policy and performance management.

Werfel told FCW on Jan. 27 that Koskinen's confirmation gave him "a good opportunity for me to take some brief time off to spend with my family and also to explore new opportunities for the next phase of my career.   In terms of my career, I have not yet decided on what my next steps will be, but hope to do so in the near term."

Werfel, who had been controller at OMB since 2009, was honored in November by FCW's sister publication, GCN, as its Government IT Executive of the Year.

Note: This story was updated on Jan. 27 to add Werfel's statement.

Posted by Mark Rockwell on Jan 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM


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