Next OFPP Chief's Priorities: Building, Buying, Rebalancing

November 17, 2011

The next leader of federal procurement policy must to stand up for the acquisition workforce, despite the budgetary pressures that threaten potential cuts in the number of employees and their training, said Dan Gordon, the outgoing Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator on Nov. 16.

"We cannot protect the federal acquisition process without a good federal acquisition workforce, and I am very concerned that budgetary pressures are going to unroll much of the progress we've had," he said. Gordon was testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform Subcommittee.

Gordon and subcommittee chairman Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) agreed that contractors cannot be the people training the government employees, such as the contracting officer's representatives. It's often the case though. The CORs are the managers of job performance after a contract is awarded. They also work closely with the contracting officers. 

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