Obama nominates Dan Tangherlini, acting General Services Administration head, to run agency

WASHINGTON – The White House says President Barack Obama will nominate Dan Tangherlini to run the General Services Administration, the agency in charge of federal buildings and supplies.

Tangherlini has been the GSA’s acting administrator since April 2012. Obama is nominating him to the full post, which requires Senate confirmation.

Tangherlini has been a key figure in the GSA’s effort to change a free-spending culture after a series of spending scandals that revealed government waste. Obama says in a statement Wednesday that Tangherlini has helped restore the American people’s trust in the agency by making it more efficient, transparent and accountable.

Tangherlini was previously the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for management and its chief financial officer.