White House announces Gordon nomination for OFPP job

Daniel Gordon brings to the post a wealth of legal and procurement experience

The White House announced late this afternoon that Daniel Gordon is President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

In a statement that accompanies a list of five other nominees for various offices, Obama said, “These men and women bring with them a wealth of experience and talent, and I am grateful for their willingness to commit themselves to public service. I look forward to working with them in these important roles in the coming months and years.”


Gordon in his own words


Gordon needs a Senate confirmation before he can take the job as OFPP administrator. Word of Gordon’s nomination was first reported early this week. The OFPP administrator position, which reports to Office of Management and Budget Deputy Administrator Jeffrey Zients, has been described as a key procurement position in government because of Obama's repeated emphasis on contracting reforms.

Gordon is acting general counsel at the Government Accountability Office and manages 150 attorneys who support GAO’s work, including its acquisition audits and bid protest function.

According to procurement observers and Gordon’s public record, Gordon has a clear-cut approach to procurement, backed by a wealth of experience, and reputation for candor and fairness.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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Fri, Oct 2, 2009

Dan is a good man, smart, careful, personable, open to criticism, and never loses sight of the larger implications of particular decisions. If anyone can succeed in this job, its Dan. The Administration should be commended for finding such a talented and unique Administrator

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