PBS welcomes new Commissioner Elliot Doomes
On October 10, 2023, Elliot Doomes was named Public Buildings Service Commissioner, effective October 15. Doomes’ appointment follows the departure of former Commissioner Nina Albert.
Doomes brings a wealth of expertise on GSA matters, from his experience as Regional Administrator for GSA’s National Capital Region to his many years of service on Capitol Hill. During his time on the Hill, Doomes served as Counsel and Professional Staff for House Authorizing and Appropriations Committees overseeing GSA.
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Doomes is a proud graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta and Georgetown University Law Center.
What are your priorities for PBS?
Federal buildings can define a community and be a manifestation of values. And, oftentimes, these values expand outward through the community. That is why I am honored and humbled to be the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, an organization I’m very familiar with. My priorities for PBS are to continue the great work being done on sustainability and footprint optimization and utilization.
With the help of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, and the support from the Biden Administration, our sustainability goals of procuring 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030 with a net-zero emissions building portfolio by 2045 are within reach. This will not only help tackle the climate crisis but will save billions of taxpayer funds.
Even before the pandemic, the workplace has been evolving as the workplace of the 2010s was vastly different than that of the 1990s. GSA and PBS have been at the forefront of workplace solutions for many years, and we continue to work with our customer agencies to provide them with the most effective and most efficient space for them to carry out their missions.
My father has always given me great advice, and some of his best advice was that it’s okay to say, “I don’t know” and that sometimes it’s ok to just listen. In my current position I recognize that there are many smart and talented people at PBS with the expertise to handle any situation. I am happy to support them as they execute the mission of the Public Buildings Service.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, whom I worked for when I began working in Congress, counseled me to always take the time to understand what other people want and need and to never assume your negotiating partner isn’t smart or strategic. And at PBS, we will continue to listen to our customers and stakeholders to understand all options to provide the one that makes the most sense.
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