DorobekInsider: Robertson to be named to head GSA’s OGP and CAO

Monday - 8/10/2009, 12:46pm EDT

The DorobekInsider has learned that the General Services Administration this afternoon will name Michael Robertson, who currently serves as GSA’s White House liaison, as the associate administrator of GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy and the Chief Acquisition Officer. Robertson replaces Stanley Kaczmarczyk, who has been serving as the acting associate administrator of GSA’s OGP, and David Drabkin, deputy chief acquisition officer and senior procurement executive, was named Acting Chief Acquisition Officer and senior procurement executive effective January 20, 2009. (I’m not sure if Drabkin’s bio is a joke or a mistake, but… I love this graph…

As a senior executive, Drabkin has also served as the deputy program manager of the Pentagon renovation program; the assistant deputy under secretary of defense in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition Reform); and the director, regulatory reform and implementation, where he served as the project manager for FASA (WHAT IS FASA?) implementation.

Here is Robertson’s bio on GSA’s Web site:

Michael Robertson was appointed as the White House Liaison for the U.S. General Services Administration effective March 4, 2009.

Before coming to GSA, he served as the deputy working group lead for the Energy and Environment Agency Review Team on the Obama-Biden Transition Project. Immediately prior to that, he was the Director of Congressional Affairs on the Obama for America Presidential Campaign, where he was the primary point person for securing endorsements and super delegate support from House and Senate members.

Before joining the presidential campaign in early 2007, Robertson served as then-Senator Barack Obama’s legislative coordinator and Deputy to the chief counsel. In this position, he managed the appropriations process, handled judicial nominations, and conducted political outreach to promote Obama’s legislative priorities. In 2004, he worked in Chicago on Obama’s successful Senate campaign. Before entering the political field, Robertson worked in venture capital in San Francisco.

A native of Fresno, California, Robertson graduated with a bachelor of arts from the University of California at Berkeley, earned his juris doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law, and is working toward his second law degree, this time from the Georgetown University Law Center’s Masters of Law program.

Robertson faces some challenges, particularly with GSA’s Office of Governtmentwide Policy, which has been languishing for awhile — and it should be one of the most vital parts of GSA — and there are some real opportunities.

Here is what I said earlier:

One other note (and a slight poke): Why isn’t this kind of policy being done by GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy — to help put something like this together… to pull people together to talk about the challenges and issues. I know there are many good people in OGP, but they just don’t appear to be players in an area where they should be the leaders. Instead, the phrase people say to me: GSA OGP is MIA. (I should note: I have been told by OGP folks that my impression of the role of the Office of Governmentwise Policy is incorrect. I thought it was to help guide policy. I would welcome that conversation.)

I’ll expand on that later…