Senate Confirms Joseph Jordan as New Contracting Policy Chief

May 25, 2012

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Joseph Jordan as the Obama administration's new chief of contracting policy.

As administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Jordan will be expected to reduce federal contract spending, consolidate duplicative contracts across the government, and tighten rules to ensure that agencies properly use and manage contracts.

Members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee pointed to improper contracting practices by the General Services Administration in preparation for a 2010 conference in Las Vegas as an example of the type of waste and abuse that they would like Jordan to stop. GSA's inspector general found that officials failed to publish solicitations and use competition when awarding contracts for team-building exercises and audio-visual services at the conference.

Several nominees for high-ranking Defense Department positions were also confirmed, including Frank Kendall as undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics; James Miller as undersecretary for policy; and Erin Conaton as undersecretary for personnel and readiness. 

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