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Obama taps Tangherlini to be permanent GSA chief

May. 22, 2013 - 11:50AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
President Obama plans to nominate acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini to become the agency's permanent chief.
President Obama plans to nominate acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini to become the agency's permanent chief. (Mike Morones / Staff)

President Obama said Wednesday he plans to nominate acting administrator Dan Tangherlini to become the official head of the General Services Administration.

Tangherlini was appointed acting GSA administrator in April 2012 after an inspector general report detailing $823,000 in wasteful spending at a 2010 conference toppled the agency’s leadership and resulted in the firing of more than a dozen employees.

In a statement, Obama praised Tangherlini for turning the agency around and rebuilding its credibility.

“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.

After taking over as head of GSA, Tangherlini slashed bonuses, reduced travel and has focused on rebuilding GSA’s customer base and expanding its products and services.

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