President Obama Reappoints Robert Taub and Mark Acton as PRC Commissioners Following Senate Confirmations

Taub, Acton (both Republicans) tapped as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of PRC

Taub Designated Chairman; Acton Elected Vice Chairman


Mark Acton


Robert G. Taub

Washington, DC – 12/19/16 – President Obama reappointed Robert G. Taub and Mark Acton as Commissioners of the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) for new terms that expire October 14, 2022. Both Commissioners were confirmed by the United States Senate on December 10, 2016. The President also designated Taub as Chairman of the Commission; he has led the Commission as Acting Chairman since December 4, 2014. Following a unanimous vote of the Commissioners at its public meeting earlier this month, Commissioner Acton will be designated as Vice Chairman for calendar year 2017.

The appointments of Chairman Taub and Commissioner Acton come at a critical time for the Commission and the postal industry as the Commission prepares to begin on December 20 an intensive statutory review of the price cap system for regulating Market Dominant products.

Chairman Taub has more than 30 years of experience in public service. Before being appointed to his first term as Commissioner in 2011, Taub served as the Special Assistant to Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. He was awarded the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service. This position was preceded by a decade of service as Chief of Staff to then-U.S. Representative John M. McHugh (R-NY). In a variety of leadership roles on the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee for 12 years, 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 the passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act in 2006. Prior to his time with the House of Representatives, Taub worked for eight years at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress. As a senior policy analyst, Taub planned and directed evaluations for the Congress on environmental, banking, energy, and defense issues. Previous to his position with the GAO, 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, Taub earned both an M.A. and B.S. in Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C.

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2 thoughts on “President Obama Reappoints Robert Taub and Mark Acton as PRC Commissioners Following Senate Confirmations

  1. I still can’t believe President Obama chose to reappoint two Ratpublicans to the PRC commission. Even after one that dreamed up the idea that the Postal service,and only the Postal Service , must pre fund the costs of health care. This goes to prove that the Democratic party has become the Businesscratic party. The two major parties try to out do one another to see who can suck up the most to business! America needs Bernie!

  2. So Obama reappoints the guy that wrote the law burdening the service to pre-fund retirements of employees not even hired yet. More proof (if needed) of the lie that the Democrats are the party of the “little guy”.

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