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Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 05/15/2009

Obama 2, Fenty -2

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that he is losing city administrator Dan Tangherlini to the Obama administration.

Tangherlini is going to the U.S. Treasury Department as Assistant secretary for management, chief financial officer and chief performance officer.

He's the second member of Fenty's cabinet to join the president's team. In March, the city's chief technology officer, Vivek Kundra, became the Obama administration's chief information officer.

Tangherlini, former interim general manager of Metro, has been running the city since Fenty took office in 2006. Tangherlini was not as visible at press events as past city administrators, but Fenty's staff knew him as the man who ran the day-to-day operations of the city.

Neil Albert, currently deputy mayor for economic development, will become the new city administrator, Fenty said at a city hall news conference this afternoon.

The administration also is losing Will Singer, chief of budget execution, who is enrolling in law school at Northwestern University in the fall.

The two departures mark a new era for Fenty's first term as he gears up for his reelection next year. He is increasingly criticized for poor relations with the D.C. Councill and is now struggling with the city's $800 million deficit.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Vanessa Williams  |  05:43 PM ET, 05/15/2009

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