Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New CAS Board Chair Approved by Senate

The Senate recently confirmed Joseph Jordan as the Obama administration's Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). The OFPP Administrator is also the de facto Chair of the Cost Accounting Standards Board.

Before joining OFPP last December as a senior adviser on procurement issues, Jordan spent three years as the Small Business Administration's associate administrator of Government contracting and business development. That office oversees programs and services that help small business win government set-aside contracts.

Before joining the SBA, Jordan spent two years as a McKinsey manager, two years with a dot com startup, and two years as an associate producer for Chris Matthews.

During the confirmation hearings some Senators felt that Jordan did not have the requisite experience for the position. However, Jordan's predecessor, Daniel Gordon came to bat for him with a positive recommendation: "During his time in government, Jordan has shown he understands and knows how the work within the contracting community.

During the hearings, Mr. Jordan made the following statements:

  • I will work to have federal agencies buy smarter
  • I will redouble federal efforts to document and share contractor past performance information
  • I will maximize contracting with small and disadvantaged businesses
  • Our agencies must be prepared to give appropriate consideration to suspension and deparment to fight the waste and abuse of bad actors
  • The acquisition workforce should be strengthened.

Where have we heard all that before?

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