Senate confirms Brubaker as head of DOT research group

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The Senate on Aug 3 confirmed Paul Brubaker as the head of the Transportation Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Brubaker returns to government from Procentrix, where he has served as chairman and chief executive officer since August. After leaving the Defense Department, where he was deputy chief information officer in 2001, Brubaker also held executive positions with several firms, including Aquilent and SI International.

In the early 1990s, Brubaker worked for former Sen. William Cohen (R-Maine) as a staff director for the Senate’s Government Affairs Committee’s Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee. He was one of the architects of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, which required agencies to run their information technology sections using private-sector business practices.

“Over the past two decades, I have been exposed to the commercialization and application of many transformational innovations and technologies,” Brubaker  said in a statement to the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce and Transportation at his July 31 committee confirmation hearing. “I look forward to working with the Department and stakeholders to introduce new and exciting capabilities.”

As RITA’s administrator, Brubaker will oversee research at the Transportation Department, including the agency’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Mass.

“We will be counting on Mr. Brubaker to make sure the agency evaluates and develops new technologies quickly and effectively so they can be implemented as soon as practicable,” Daniel K. Inouye, chairman of the Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee, said earlier.

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Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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