Dan Tangherlini leaving the GSA in February

Dan Tangherlini leaving the GSA in February

General Services Administration Administrator Dan Tangherlini said Thursday he will be leaving the agency next month.

In a letter to staff, Tangherlini said his last day will be Feb. 13.

“It has been my highest honor to serve the American people, our President, and this Administration,” said Tangherlini, who left his job as D.C. city administrator in mid-2009 to join President Barack Obama‘s administration, at first in the Treasury Department. “I want everyone in this agency to know that it has been a pleasure to do such important work with committed public servants such as you.”

Tangherlini does not explain in the letter why he is leaving, but a GSA source says it is voluntary, though he has not accepted another job offer.

“Dan is a true public servant who leaves this Administration with an extraordinary record of accomplishment,” Obama said in a statement. “Over the past six years, Dan has worked to help make sure government serves citizens more effectively. His leadership of the General Services Administration at a critical moment helped make the agency more efficient, transparent, and accountable to the American people. I am deeply grateful for his service, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

In Tangherlini’s stead, Deputy Administrator Denise Turner Roth will serve as acting administrator.

Obama nominated Tangherlini as GSA administrator in May 2013, though he had served in that position in an acting role since April 2012, following the resignation of his predecessor, Martha Johnson.

During his tenure, locally, he led the search for a new FBI headquarters, finalized the lease with Donald Trump to transform the Old Post Office into a luxury hotel, oversaw major space reductions among federal agencies, and explored new ways of addressing the federal government real estate needs in a difficult fiscal times.

Prior to taking a position in Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s administration, Tangherlini served as Metro’s interim general manager. Metro is now on the hunt for a permanent GM.

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