Daniel Berkland retired from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) after a thirty year career in financial institution examination. At the FHFA he was principal supervision specialist in the Office of Supervision Infrastructure. There Berkland wrote the agency's supervision handbook and other guidance for examiners working in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He joined the FHFA's predecessor agency, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight in 2004 as the lead operational risk examiner at Fannie Mae.

Berkland started his career with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was commissioned as a national bank examiner in 1986, and moved to the special supervision unit of OCC headquarters in 1987. There he managed a portfolio of deeply troubled and failing national banks. In 1989 Berkland was detailed to the US Senate Banking Committee to work on the Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA). Berkland testified at OCC administrative hearings and assessed compliance with enforcement actions at deeply troubled and failing national banks. In 2001 Berkland became the Director for Midsize and Community Bank Policy Coordination, his last position at the OCC.

Berkland is a graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.