Senators Grill Procurement Chief Nominee

May 9, 2012

Joseph Jordan's confirmation as the next Office of Federal Procurement Policy chief could depend on whether he will oppose administration efforts to require contractors to disclose campaign contributions.

Senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday pushed President Obama's nominee to promise he would oppose any executive order — similar to a draft leaked last year — that would require contractors to disclose their campaign contributions before being awarded a federal contract.

Jordan, who is senior adviser on procurement issues at the Office of Management and Budget, said he is committed to ensuring that federal acquisitions are merit-based and that political considerations are not part of contracting decisions. But senators wanted a stronger stance.

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