FCC Names New Managing Director

David Robbins begins his first official day as the new Federal Communications Commission Managing Director on Sept. 12, replacing Steve VanRoekel who left earlier this year for USAID and is now the Federal Chief Information Officer, the FCC announced.

“In our constant effort to be a model of excellence in government, I am pleased to welcome David Robbins to the Commission as Managing Director,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said. “David’s leadership and management experience will be invaluable as we continue our efforts to do our work on behalf of the public more efficiently and effectively.  The dedicated professional staff at the FCC is our most valuable resource and I look forward to working with David to continue empowering our team in ways that help us reach our important goals on behalf of the American people.”

Robbins’ bio:

Robbins joins the FCC from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), where he served as Associate Administrator for the Office of Management & Administration, leading a number of the SBA’s core functions, including human capital management, facilities management, security, records management, executive secretariat, administrative services, and grants management. At SBA, he also served as Director of the Loan Management & Accounting Systems Modernization Program.

Robbins began his distinguished public service career at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he served as an Assistant Director, Attorney, and Senior Program Manager in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.  In addition, before joining the FTC, Robbins spent more than fifteen years working in the private sector as an executive, senior manager, IT professional, and attorney. Robbins received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1995, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University/Livingston College in 1986.

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