OFPP Hopeful Jordan gets Senate Committee Nod
May 16, 2012
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved the nomination of Joe Jordan, who is President Barack Obama's choice for administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the committee's ranking member, said she's satisfied with Jordan as OFPP administrator despite concerns with having "considerably less experience" than previous administrators. He still is qualified to take on the job but just doesn't have the same level of knowledge that former administrators have had, she said. Most recently, Dan Gordon had several decades of procurement experience working on all aspects of the process, Collins noted..
However, Collins reiterated some apprehension about Jordan's position on requiring contractors to include disclosure of their political contributions when submitting contract bids. The Obama administration considered requiring them, according to a draft executive order that was circulated in 2011.
Jordan had told her at his nomination hearing May 9, and in other conversations, that he is against political considerations becoming a part of contracting, but stopped short of saying he would oppose an administration effort to enact the requirement.