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Oversight Expert Dan Blair Joins BPC as Senior Counselor

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Washington, DC – Dan G. Blair, former president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration who has held numerous federal oversight roles, has joined the Bipartisan Policy Center as a senior counselor to the Democracy Project, the Washington, D.C., think tank announced today.  

Blair, an expert in oversight and management, comes to BPC following a long career in government and the private sector. In nearly three decades of government service, he successfully implemented personnel and management reforms across multiple agencies and entities. As a senior committee staffer for the House and Senate, he led oversight efforts of the Internal Revenue Service, the Postal Service, and the civil service system.   

“Dan Blair is one of the nation’s top experts on management,” said John Fortier, director of BPC’s Democracy Project. “He is uniquely positioned to work with us on enhancing congressional oversight.”  

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to join BPC, and to be part of a team that collaborates across the aisle to improve how our government functions,” said Blair. 

Blair joined the Office of Personnel Management in 2001 and was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate as deputy director. In his five years with the agency, he led major civil service and human capital reform efforts for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, and served as acting director in 2005. 

Appointed by President Bush to the Postal Regulatory Commission in 2006 and designated as chair, Blair was tasked with, and created, a new regulatory structure for the U.S. Postal Service. While there, he brought his management expertise to bear by implementing reforms across personnel, operations, and strategic planning.   

In his time with the National Academy of Public Administration, Blair worked with the executive and legislative branches on ethics, presidential transition, and organizational transformation. His efforts led to congressional action in amending federal ethics and disclosure laws. 

KEYWORDS: JOHN FORTIER, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, DAN BLAIR