Dan Gordon's Exit and Continuity of Leadership

November 4, 2011

The coming departure of Dan Gordon from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy has provoked an interesting set of reactions.

On the one hand are the expected, and deserved, words of praise. As OFPP administrator, Gordon accomplished a lot in his two years, and people who worked closely with him or are affected by his initiatives are right to call attention to those successes.

But on the other hand, Gordon will be yet another agency leader to head for greener pastures after a short tenure, and as former deputy OFPP administrator Robert Burton pointed out, that's disruptive to agency employees.

And it's not enough time to really make the kind of difference that's properly called a legacy. 

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