Robert G. Taub
Commissioner Robert G. Taub was chairman of the Commission for more than 6 years. President Barack H. Obama designated him as agency head in December 2014, and he continued in that role until January 2021. President Obama appointed him to both terms on the Commission following unanimous confirmations by the United States Senate in 2011 and 2016. His current term expires on October 14, 2022. Commissioner Taub has 40 years of experience in public service at the local, state, and federal levels. When President Obama first appointed him to the Commission in October 2011, Commissioner Taub was the special assistant to Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. As an Army senior executive, he was one of the principal civilian advisors to Secretary McHugh, helping him lead a workforce of more than 1.2 million people, and manage an annual budget exceeding $200 billion. Commissioner Taub was awarded the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service.
Before his appointment to the Army, Mr. Taub served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative John M. McHugh (R-NY) for the preceding decade. As chief of staff, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of Representative McHugh’s staff and offices in Washington, D.C. and Northern New York State. In a variety of leadership roles on the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee for 12 years, Mr. Taub also worked closely with Congressman McHugh on matters relating to the nation’s postal and delivery sector. He crafted Representative McHugh’s legislation for modernizing America’s postal laws for the first time since 1970, culminating in passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act in 2006. Mr. Taub also helped Representative McHugh conduct hearings and investigations into postal operations that ultimately led to the enactment of a dozen other postal laws.
During his tenure in public office, Mr. Taub has addressed numerous national and regional conventions of postal employee organizations, mailing industry groups, and government and academic conferences both in the U.S. and abroad, on issues confronting the postal sector. The Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service, postal employee unions, and mailing industry associations and nonprofits have all recognized Mr. Taub with several awards and honors.
Prior to his time with the House of Representatives, Mr. Taub worked for eight years at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress. As a senior policy analyst, Mr. Taub planned and directed evaluations for the Congress on environmental, banking, energy, and defense issues. Previous to his position with the GAO, Mr. Taub worked as a staff member for three different Members of Congress, a Member of the British Parliament, and state and county officials in upstate New York.
A native of Gloversville, New York, Mr. Taub earned an M.A. in Political Science, with a concentration in American politics, and a B.S. in Political Science with Honors, both from American University in Washington, D.C. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.