Washington, DC - Sep 2, 2011 - FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski appointed David B. Robbins as managing director of the Commission. Robbins will begin Sept. 12, 2011. He succeeds Steve VanRoekel, who left the agency earlier this year for a post at the USAID.
Robbins joins the FCC from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), where he served as associate administrator for the Office of Management and 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 the SBA he also served as director of the Loan Management and Accounting Systems Modernization Program.
Robbins began his 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 15 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.
The FCC''s Office of the Managing Director (OMD) is responsible for the administration and management of the Commission. Specifically, the OMD manages the Commission's budget and financial programs, human resources, contracts, purchasing, communications, computer services, physical space, security, the Commission meeting schedule, and distribution of official FCC documents.