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DoD’s Robyn to head GSA’s Public Buildings Service

Sep. 4, 2012 - 06:00PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of Defense for installations and environment, will be the new Public Buildings Service commissioner at the General Services Administration.
Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of Defense for installations and environment, will be the new Public Buildings Service commissioner at the General Services Administration. (Staff)

Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of Defense for installations and environment, will be the new Public Buildings Service commissioner at the General Services Administration.

Former PBS Commissioner Robert Peck was fired in April after a GSA inspector general’s report revealed $823,000 was spent on a 2010 Las Vegas conference. Peck was criticized for issuing a weakly worded letter of reprimand to then-regional PBS commissioner Jeff Neely, who organized the conference. Peck also attended a $2,000 party in his loft suite during the conference. He later said he was not aware GSA was charged additional money for the party and reimbursed the agency for its cost.

Acting GSA administrator Dan Tangherlini announced Robyn’s appointment in a Sept. 4 email to staff.

Robyn’s experience managing base realignment and closure activities and promoting environmentally friendly DoD buildings “make her uniquely qualified to manage the extensive inventory of the Public Buildings Service as well as the task of disposing of excess and underutilized properties,” Tangherlini said in the email.

As DoD’s senior real property officer, Robyn oversaw more than 300,000 buildings and 2.2 billion square feet of office space.

She pushed for the Defense Department to adopt cutting-edge technology to enhance energy efficiency and encouraged the development of sustainable military facilities.

Tangherlini said he is also abolishing the PBS board of directors to give Robyn clear authority to lead.

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