President nominates Joseph Jordan to be government’s procurement chief

Friday, February 10th, 2012

President Obama has nominated Joseph G. Jordan to be the next Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy.  The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) provides “overall direction for government-wide procurement policies, regulations and procedures and to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in acquisition processes.”

Jordan has been serving as Senior Advisor to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Acting Director Jeffrey Zients since December 2011.  From 2009 to 2011, Jordan was the Associate Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development for the Small Business Administration (SBA). 

Prior to entering government service, Jordan held positions with McKinsey & Company where he developed purchasing and supply management strategies and advised state governments on cutting costs and achieving efficiencies.  He also helped to build and manage operations for the web-based publisher Backwire and later became the project manager for strategic planning and project development for Leap Wireless, when that company bought Backwire.  Jordan was also an Associate Producer for Hardball with Chris Mathews on MSNBC from 1998 to 2000.

If confirmed by the Senate, Jordan would succeed Dan Gordon who left at the end of 2011 to become the Associate Dean for Government Contracts Law at the George Washington University.

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