White House Profile
Danny Werfel
Former Controller of the Office of Management and Budget

Danny Werfel served as former Controller of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As former Controller, he was responsible for coordinating OMB's efforts to initiate government-wide improvements in all areas of financial management, including financial reporting, improper payments, real property management, financial accounting standards, grants management, and financial systems. Mr. Werfel took on an expanded role within OMB, leading the coordination of OMB’s efforts in the areas of Federal procurement, information technology, and personnel policy and performance management.

Prior to his position as Controller, Mr. Werfel served in multiple capacities within OMB, including Deputy Controller, Chief of the Financial Integrity and Analysis Branch, Budget Examiner in the Education Branch, and Policy Analyst in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Werfel also served as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

Mr. Werfel is a recipient of both national and local awards from the Association of Government Accountants for his contributions to Federal financial management. He was the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in 2008. Mr. Werfel also served as a member of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board from 2006 to 2009.

Mr. Werfel holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelors Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Danny Werfel's Posts

  • Building a 21st Century Government by Cutting Duplication, Fragmentation, and Waste

    The Administration is strongly committed to reducing duplication and fragmentation and has worked hard over the last four years to make that happen.


  • Freezing the Footprint

    The Administration has made it a priority for Federal agencies to dispose of unneeded properties and make more efficient use of the Government’s real estate assets. As the next step in this effort, today, OMB is issuing guidance to direct agencies to implement a “Freeze the Footprint” policy for Federal real estate.


  • Economy

    Working with States to Cut Red Tape and Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

    Today, the Administration is launching five pilot Regional Teams to strengthen collaboration, cut red tape, and reduce permitting timelines.


  • A Proposal for Better Management of Federal Grants

    The Office of Management and Budget published a significant set of proposed reforms to improve the way the government administers the more than $600 billion awarded annually for grants and other types of Federal financial assistance.


  • Eliminating Billions in Payment Errors

    As part of the President’s Campaign to Cut Waste, this Administration has taken an aggressive approach to attacking waste, fraud, and abuse within government agencies. Nowhere is this more apparent than in combatting improper payments – those Federal payments that are made in the wrong amount, to the wrong entity, or for the wrong purpose.


  • The 2012 SAVE Award

    Today, we launched the fourth annual SAVE Award (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) – a competition for federal employees to submit ideas about how to cut waste, save taxpayer dollars, and make government more effective and efficient.


  • New Progress, New Leadership at GATB

    The effort to create lasting, sustainable transparency and accountability across government is a long-term one, and one that the President and the Vice President are committed to seeing through. That’s why last year, the President created the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GATB). Using the lessons learned from implementing the Recovery Act, the GATB was charged with recommending ways to improve the tracking and display of Federal spending data and broaden the use of cutting-edge fraud detection technologies.


  • On the Right Real Estate Track

    Danny Werfel provides an update on the Administration's ongoing effrots to consolidate and sell off excess Federal properties that are no longer needed.


  • Do Not Pay Solution Open for Business

    As Americans across the country prepare to file their taxes, the Administration launches a new tool to help guard against wasteful and improper payments that squander taxpayer dollars.


  • Spotlighting Open Government Progress During Sunshine Week

    As we mark “Sunshine Week,” we’re reminded that our democracy is stronger and healthier when government is open, transparent, and accountable to the American people.


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