OFPP Warns Against Cuts to Acquisition Workforce

November 17, 2011

The Obama administration's top procurement official said Wednesday the government has made gains in recruiting and training new members of its acquisition workforce, while also warning Congress about the consequences of rolling back those improvements.

Dan Gordon, who will soon leave his post as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to head to a new job at George Washington University, said he's very concerned that the progress the government has managed to make over the past few years with respect to regrowing its acquisition workforce is at risk as agencies and Congress look to trim budgets.

The ranks of clearly identifiable government contracting professionals grew by roughly six-and-a-half percent between 2009 and 2010. This comes after a 2000-2008 period in which contracting doubled and the contracting workforce stayed flat, Gordon told the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform.

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