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GSA names Dorothy Robyn to head buildings service

A Defense Department official has been tapped to serve as General Services Administration’s new commissioner for the Public Buildings Service.

Dorothy Robyn was named to the role Sept. 4. She previously oversaw the controversial Defense Base Closure and Realignment process and served as deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment.

Before her government career, Robyn was a principal with The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm that focuses on competition and antitrust, energy and the environment. Prior to that, she served on the White House staff as special assistant to the president for economic policy and as senior staff member of the White House National Economic Council.

Robyn replaces Linda Chero, who took on an acting role in April when then-PBS Commissioner Robert Peck was fired for his involvement in the conference-spending scandal.

Citing an internal memo from GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, The Washington Post reports that Tangherlini expressed intent to get rid of PBS board of directors to crystallize Robyn’s authority and responsibility.

Posted by FCW Staff on Sep 05, 2012 at 12:12 PM0 comments


Former DHS privacy head moves to law firm

Mary Ellen Callahan, former chief privacy officer at the Homeland Security Department, joined the Jenner & Block law firm as a partner, the firm announced Sept. 4.

She will lead the firm's newly formed Privacy and Information Governance Practice. Jenner & Block is based in Chicago, but Callahan will work in DC.

Callahan joined DHS in March 2009, as head of its privacy office, the first statutorily required privacy office in any federal agency.

Callahan received Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Award in 2011 for her work on integrating cybersecurity, transparency and privacy at DHS.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Sep 04, 2012 at 12:12 PM0 comments


Transportation CIO to step down

Nitin Pradhan, CIO of the Transportation Department, is leaving his position at the end of August, according to an agency announcement.

He plans to spend his time instead consulting with "the next generation of technology companies," the announcement states. His deputy CIO, Tim Schmidt, will step into the top role in an acting capacity.

The DOT CIO oversees a $3 billion IT portfolio.

 

 

Posted by FCW Staff on Aug 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments