Robert A. Burton, NCMA Fellow and Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Retires from Federal Service

July 16, 2008

Contact: Danielle Johnson
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Robert A. Burton, NCMA Fellow and Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Retires from Federal Service 

ASHBURN, Va. and Washington, DC – July 16, 2008 – The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) is proud to recognize Robert A. Burton’s retirement after 30 years in federal service to pursue a career in the private sector. Burton is a Fellow of NCMA and winner of the 2007 NCMA Contracting Award. 

“Robert Burton has been an active member of NCMA, speaking at educational events and contributing to the advancement of the profession,” said Steve Ayers, NCMA President. “We wish him continued success in his career as he transitions from federal service to a career in the private sector.” 

Burton was appointed to the OFPP in November 2001 and has played a key role in the development of government-wide acquisition policies, regulations, and initiatives for nearly seven years. As the Deputy Administrator, he also served as the Executive Director of the Chief Acquisition Officers Council. Also, on two separate occasions Burton headed OFPP in the absence of a Senate-confirmed Administrator. 

Prior to his appointment to OFPP, Burton served for over 20 years as an acquisition attorney with the Department of Defense (DoD). There he served as the Senior Associate General Counsel (Acquisition) for the Defense Contract Management Agency. In this position, he managed a worldwide organization of government contract attorneys and negotiated the resolution of contract disputes with major defense contractors. Earlier in his career, Burton served as the Associate General Counsel for the Defense Logistics Agency and as General Counsel of the Defense Energy Support Center. 

Burton graduated from the College of William and Mary and received his law degree from the University of Virginia’s School of Law. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Burton is a Federal 100 Award winner and a recipient of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Coalition for Government Procurement. 

Burton is active in the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law and served on the section’s Governing Council. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars. 

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