“We cannot allow mistakes or misjudgments of a small number of individuals to slow our progress or take our focus from our goals,” Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini wrote on his first day running the embattled agency.

Dan Tangherlini (GSA)

Tangherlini tried to reassure GSA’s 12,600 employees that the agency, which manages real estate for the federal government, can still promote sustainable buildings, efficiency and cost savings.

“I am confident that you will not allow circumstances to slow your momentum or progress in the many important areas of the federal government where GSA plays a vital role,” he wrote in a one-page letter.

Tangherlini said he has launched a review of the agency’s travel and conference policies. The biannual “Western Regions” conference that was the focus of Inspector General Brian Miller’s report also has been cancelled.