Obama Wants Tangherlini, Top Fenty Aide, for Treasury Job

Dan Tangherlini has long held government jobs as well as a position with Metro.
Dan Tangherlini has long held government jobs as well as a position with Metro. (Bill O'leary - Twp)
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By Nikita Stewart
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 16, 2009

President Obama has nominated D.C. City Administrator Dan Tangherlini to be assistant U.S. treasury secretary, robbing Mayor Adrian M. Fenty of his top aide, who would be the second city Cabinet member to jump to the White House.

If confirmed by the Senate, Tangherlini, 41, will be assistant secretary for management and chief financial officer. He also will serve as chief performance officer.

"It's an awesome responsibility," said Tangherlini, who added that he would assemble the nation's budget and perform other duties directly under U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

He would be replaced as city administrator by Neil O. Albert, deputy mayor for economic development.

Tangherlini, who has worked for the federal and local governments for more than a decade, has always been considered a star on the Democratic mayor's staff. The Obama administration approached him, according to city government sources.

In March, the city's chief technology officer, Vivek Kundra, joined the Obama administration as federal chief information officer.

Earlier in his career, Tangherlini worked in the policy office of the U.S. transportation secretary and in the Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton.

In city government, Tangherlini was the chief financial officer for the police department and director of the D.C. Department of Transportation. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

When Fenty was elected in 2006, he had to lure Tangherlini back to city government from Metro, where he was serving as interim general manager and was in line to become the permanent head of the transit authority.

At a news conference yesterday, Fenty said people kept telling him, "I'm really surprised that Obama hasn't stolen Dan away from you yet."

The mayor later said in an interview that he was flattered the Obama administration is once again taking a member of his staff. "Professionally, there's no greater compliment . . . than for people to go to the Obama administration."

Fenty gathered his entire Cabinet on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building to make the announcement, first revealing that Albert will be the new city administrator.

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