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GSA leader Dan Tangherlini plans departure

Dan Tangherlini, GSA administrator, is leaving the agency in another month after nearly three years on the job.

GSA was a mess when he came on board in the wake of the Las Vegas conference scandal that made the agency the butt of late night TV jokes as well as harsh congressional hearings.

Tangherlini's role was to right the ship and move it forward. He's mostly done that.

“Dan deserves a lot of credit for pushing new ideas and new thinking. We didn’t always agree, but he was always open to dialogue and focused on delivering quality for the government," Professional Services Council president and CEO Stan Soloway said in a statement.

Others are Twitter agreed.

In his statement, Tangherlini praised the GSA personnel for the work they are doing to transform government.

"Working together we found ways to leverage unused assets and began using data driven decision making processes to help better serve our agency partners and the American people," he wrote.

Among the examples he cited were modernization of land ports of entry at U.S. border crossings, the consolidated acquisition platform and programs to bring more innovative technologies into government through programs such as 18F.

Now the big question is where Tangherlini is going. He has a long history in public service, having worked at the Treasury Department before moving to GSA. He also was Washington D.C.'s deputy mayor, interim general manager of the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority and chief financial officer of the D.C. police department.

Is now the time to move to the private sector? Apparently, Tangherlini is keeping that close to the chest.

Deputy Administrator Denise Turner Roth will serve as acting administrator until a new one is appointed and confirmed.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jan 15, 2015 at 1:19 PM


Reader Comments

Sun, Jan 18, 2015

He could end up at Accenture, Deloitte, Booze, Monster, Chipster, Xenophitics or one of the other contractors. Too bad he is too advanced to take on fixing Metro, but that may be impossible for anyone. Actually, if he goes into the private sector, he's be great at a PE firm like Carlyle--as a turn-around expert. His talents would easily transfer to companies; govt agencies are so much harder. Look at the IRS, for example.

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