Attorney General Griffin B. Bell and budget chief James McIntyre have agreed on a recommendation for inspector general at the troubled General Services Administration, according to an informed source, but their candidate is not the choice of outgoing agency head Jay Solomon.
President Carter will decide on his nominee for the job in the next few days, according to an informed official.
The oficial said the president is considering three persons to head the investigation of the scandal-ridden GSA. Two of the names were on the list recommended by Solomon. They are Irwin Borowski, a Securities and Exchange Commission official whom Solomon is pushing strongly as his first choice and Kurt Muellenberg, chief of the organized crime section at the Justice Department.
Bell and McIntyre, director of the Office of Management and Budget, have recommended that President Carter name Martin B. Danziger, a former Justice Department official, to head the investigation of GSA, according to sources. Danziger is director of the United Mine Workers' Health and Retirement Fund.
Danziger was associate deputy attorney general for criminal justice from 1973 to 1977, when he resigned to head the UMW fund.
Muellenberg has been in the organized crime section of the Justice Department since 1966. He headed the section's strike forces in Cleveland and Detroit before coming to Washington as deputy chief of the section four years ago. He was named chief of the organized crime section in 1976.
Daniziger, contacted at his office, said, "I don't know anything about it... I have not been asked about the job, and even if I were asked, I don't know if I would accept it."
Muellenberg was on vacatio last night and could not be reached for comment.
White House officials have confirmed that they are looking for a replacement for Solomon as head of GSA. Solomon has said that he wants to see an inspector general appointed before leaving his post, and he has campaigned actively -- publicly and privately -- for Borowski to get the inspector general's job.