Jordan Makes His Case for Being Next OFPP Administrator

May 10, 2012

Joe Jordan defended his qualifications Wednesday to be the next administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. But the concerns may be less about Jordan and more about the shoes he has to fill.

Jordan, who currently is a senior adviser to Jeff Zients, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, would replace Dan Gordon, who spent more than 20 years in federal procurement. Jordan also has less experience than the previous five OFPP administrators.

"It's crucial that the administrator has a strong knowledge of and experience with the federal procurement system, and the leader of the office must also have credibility with a broad range of stakeholders and having followed procurement issues for decades, I know how challenging this position is," said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "I've also personally known the last five or even more OFPP administrators. Some senators have raised questions about whether or not you have sufficient experience for this job." 

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