- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 16, 2009

D.C. City Administrator Dan Tangherlini will be nominated to a post in the Obama administration and replaced in city government by the District’s current deputy mayor for planning and economic development, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said Friday.

Mr. Tangherlini, 41, is slated to be named assistant secretary for management, chief financial officer and chief performance officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he will serve as a principal policy adviser to Secretary Timothy

The position is subject to Senate confirmation. Mr. Obama on Friday announced his intent to nominate Mr. Tangherlini, along with his choice for U.S. Treasurer, Rosa “Rosie” Gumatao Rios.

“I am grateful to have these two distinguished individuals joining my administration at this critical time for our nation,” Mr. Obama said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Geithner, I am confident that they will serve the American people well as we work to right our economy and put our nation on a path to prosperity.”

Mr. Tangherlini has served as city administrator since January 2007, when Mr. Fenty’s term in office began. He has been the chief architect of Mr. Fenty’s three budget proposals, including a fiscal 2010 spending plan during an economic recession in which the city faced an $800 million shortfall.



Prior to joining the Fenty administration, Mr. Tangherlini served as interim general manager of the Metro transit service, director of the District Department of Transportation and the chief financial officer of the Metropolitan Police Department.

Mr. Tangherlini declined to say whether he approached Obama officials or if they approached him, but said the possibility of leaving D.C. government for the president’s administration has been in the works “a little while.”

He follows former D.C. Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra to the Obama administration. Mr. Kundra now serves as federal chief information officer.

“It’s an awesome responsibility,” Mr. Tangherlini said. “I’m going to do everything I can to move forward the secretary’s agenda and the president’s broader agenda.”

Mr. Fenty said the selection of Mr. Tangherlini to join the Obama team paid a huge compliment to the District.

“He, on a very short list, has probably contributed more to the civic fabric, to the sense of productivity, to making people feel great about the future of the city than almost any other person I can think of,” the mayor said.

Mr. Tangherlini officially will be replaced “in a few weeks” by the deputy mayor for planning and economic development Neil O. Albert, Mr. Fenty said.

Mr. Albert, 48, also joined the Fenty administration in 2007 and previously worked under Mayor Anthony A. Williams as deputy mayor for children, youth, families and elders and as director of parks and recreation.

“Dan’s probably a size seven or eight in real life, but the impact of his feet [is] massive,” Mr. Albert said.

Christina Bellantoni contributed to this report.

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