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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Thanks DC Council for Confirming Brian Hanlon as Director of Department of General Services

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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(Washington, DC)  The DC Council voted yesterday to approve Brian J. Hanlon as Director of the Department of General Services (DGS). DGS was created last year to consolidate the functions of multiple agencies and improve government efficiency and effectiveness.

The Committee of the Whole for the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously in support of Mr. Hanlon, Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s choice to lead DGS. A confirmation hearing was held June 27 before the Council’s Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Councilmember Muriel Bowser.

“I want to thank Chairman Mendelson and the Council for their approval of Mr. Hanlon,” Mayor Gray said. “In helming DGS from the beginning, Brian has already proven his skills at the difficult task of creating a new agency out of multiple previous ones. I look forward to his continuing his good work.”

The Department of General Services was created by the Mayor in October of 2011 through a merger of the former Department of Real Estate Services (DRES), the Office of Public Education Facility Modernization (OPEFM) and various divisions of other select agencies, such as the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Charged with constructing, maintaining and managing the District’s real-estate portfolio of over 30 million square feet – including schools, parks, office buildings and other municipal facilities – DGS is dedicated to good stewardship of the spaces where residents and visitors work, live and play.

“It is indeed an honor to be confirmed as the permanent Director of DGS,” said Hanlon after the confirmation. “I would like to thank the entire DGS family for their support, dedication and commitment to the District. Under the leadership of the Mayor, and with the support of the Council, I firmly believe that our agency’s work can elevate the quality of life for residents, employees, and visitors of the District of Columbia.”

Since October of 2011, Hanlon has served as Interim Director of DGS, overseeing the merger from its predecessor agencies and aligning the organization’s resources and responsibilities. He was later named as Acting Director of the newly formed agency. Before serving as Interim Director of DGS, Hanlon served as Interim Director DRES. Prior to that, he served DRES as an Executive Program Manager. Prior to joining DRES, Hanlon’s career includes nearly 25 years of project management, real-estate development and architecture in both the public and private sectors.

Among his various responsibilities and accomplishments as Executive Program Manager at DRES, Hanlon was the principal author of the District’s Workplace Design Guidelines. The Guidelines provide a toolkit for creating a high-performance workplace to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs.