Procurement Chief Seeks Sharing of Contract Pricing Data, Star Recruits

June 28, 2012

Some agencies have so little understanding of what their "sister agencies pay for commodities, it's shocking," said Joe Jordan, newly installed administrator of the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The "paucity of pricing data" in one case involving bulk purchases of BlackBerry mobile devices meant a price variance of 100 percent, he said.

Jordan offered an overview of his office's agenda at a Thursday breakfast for the contracting community put on by the Professional Services Council.

His three top priorities are buying smarter, creating effective relationships with government suppliers and developing the acquisition workforce.

Jordan, who came to OMB earlier this year after a stint at the Small Business Administration and years as a private sector consultant, said, "We want to improve the way government works, and there's no better place than contracting," where $1 of $6 in federal money is spent. 

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