OFPP's Gordon to leave government for the classroom

Dan Gordon, currently administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, has decided to become associate dean of government procurement law studies at the George Washington University. He starts his academic careeer on Jan. 1.

“GW Law is a world-class venue for teaching, research and writing about government contracting. I am returning to a community that I know and cherish,” Gordon said in a press release from the university.

For the new job, he said he’s taking his experience at OFPP to the classroom.

“Procurement policy is intertwined with procurement law, but seeing things from the policy side has enriched my understanding of the importance and the impact of procurement law,” Gordon said.

Gordon was confirmed as OFPP administrator in November 2009. Since then, he has developed and instituted acquisition policies supporting more than $500 billion of annual federal spending. Previously, he spent 17 years at the Government Accountability Office in various roles, including managing associate general counsel in the Procurement Law Division, deputy general counsel and acting general counsel.

“In Dan, [President Barack Obama] selected someone with decades of experience working with the federal procurement system,” Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew wrote Nov. 2 on the OMBlog. “When Dan began at the White House, he brought with him a commitment to openness and integrity, combined with a strong sense of what we needed to do to improve the federal acquisition system, after too many years of neglect."

Gordon is already familiar with the university’s law community through previous service as a member of its adjunct faculty.

One of his goals as associate dean is to explore the connections between government contracts and other disciplines, such as corporate, public international and anti-trust law. He also wants to find new ways to reach students, even in untraditional methods.

“While GW Law has a long history of excellence in the area of government contracts, adding the position of associate dean should provide opportunities for building on that history to take the law school even further,” Gordon said.

The university is excited for Gordon to join.

“I can’t imagine a more worthy successor to the Nash and Cibinic legacy than Dan Gordon,” Steve Schooner, a professor at the university said, referring to program founders and industry legends Ralph C. Nash, Jr., and John A. Cibinic, Jr.

“He’s a gifted teacher, a natural mentor, an accomplished scholar, and he’s distinguished himself as one of the generation’s most significant leaders in public procurement law and policy,” Schooner said.

About the Author

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

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