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Robert Gibbs

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Robert (Bob) Gibbs joined NASA as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Human Capital Management and NASA’s Chief Human Capital Officer in May of 2017.  In this role Bob has stewardship responsibility for NASA's workforce.  He advises and assists the Administrator by carrying out responsibilities in accordance with the Chief Human Capital Officers Act of 2002.  His responsibilities include setting the agency's workforce development strategy, assessing workforce characteristics and future needs based on the agency's mission and strategic plan, aligning the agency's human resources policies and programs with organizational mission, strategic goals, and performance outcomes; and, serving as a member of the Office of Personnel Management-led Chief Human Capital Officers Council.

From 2013 to 2017, Gibbs served as the Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Energy, where he was responsible for implementing agency wide efforts on shared services, accountability, engagement, and human capital transformation. 

Prior to becoming a member of the Senior Executive Service, Gibbs Mr. Gibbs completed the nuclear training pipeline and served at sea onboard the USS DANIEL WEBSTER (BLUE) (SSBN 626), USS HENRY L. STIMSON (GOLD) (SSBN 655), and USS SIMON BOLIVAR (GOLD) (SSBN 641) completing numerous strategic deterrent patrols; and ashore at Nuclear Repair Facilities including the Trident Refit Facility, Bangor, Washington and Naval Reactors Headquarters in Washington DC.

His assignments at Naval Reactors, a joint Department of Energy and Department of Navy program, included; positions in the Office of Resource Management, ultimately serving as Director, Navy Budgets; and selection by Admiral F. L. Bowman to serve as Director, Civilian Programs. While still on active duty, he was selected by Admiral K. H. Donald, to serve as Director, Management and Administration. In that capacity, he was responsible for management, personnel, and support programs and policies; he has led several enterprise-wide initiatives (total force management, succession planning, pay for performance, industrial relations, outreach and enterprise consolidation) to structure the workforce to meet current and future requirements in a challenging and diverse environment across two federal agencies and multiple field offices.

Bob Gibbs was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. A retired naval officer, he holds both a B.A. in business management from the University of Washington, and a J.D. from George Mason University. He is a member of the Maryland and American Bar Associations.  Gibbs is the recipient of numerous military awards and citations. He currently resides in Southern Maryland with his wife and four children.