Mark A. Robbins was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 5, 2011 to serve as a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 26, 2012. On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump designated Mr. Robbins Vice Chairman. His term expires on March 1, 2018. Pending re-establishment of a Board quorum, Mr. Robbins will perform the functions vested by Title 5 in the Office of the Chairman.
At the time of his nomination, Mr. Robbins was the General Counsel of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. He previously served as a Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the State Department in Babil Province, Iraq, where he was awarded the U.S. Army’s Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. Mr. Robbins also served as Executive Director of the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board between 2006 and 2008 and as General Counsel of the Office of Personnel Management from 2001 to 2006. He worked in private practice as a litigation attorney in Los Angeles, California between 1988 and 2000, and in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel from 1984 to 1988. Mr. Robbins began his career as a Legislative Assistant to two Los Angeles area Members of Congress, covering, among other things, civil service and Federal management issues.
Mr. Robbins earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia bars. In recognition of his extensive professional involvement and continued leadership in public administration, in 2013 Mr. Robbins was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.