GSA's Drabkin heads to Northrop Grumman

GSA official will be Northrop Grumman's director for acquisition policy.

David Drabkin, the soon-to-retire deputy chief acquisition officer at the General Services Administration, has taken a job at Northrop Grumman, a company spokesman has said.

Drabkin starts March 8 as the company’s director of acquisition policy. In his new role, he will be responsible for coordinating the company’s efforts related to pending and upcoming acquisition regulations and policy at the Defense Department and other government agencies. He also will lead internal coordination of congressional relations related to acquisition policy and reform and represent the company at numerous acquisition and similar professional associations.


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“The extensive acquisition expertise David Drabkin brings from his work with the U.S. General Services Administration, the Defense Department and the Defense Logistics Agency is critical and will greatly benefit Northrop Grumman,” Larry Lanzillotta, corporate vice president of customer relations, said today in a statement.

As GSA's deputy CAO, Drabkin was responsible for developing acquisition policies for GSA and the federal acquisition workforce through the Federal Acquisition Institute. He was also the No. 3 procurement official in the federal government and  one of four members of the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council, which sets governmentwide policy. He served as a member of the Civilian Acquisition Advisory Committee and worked on policies related to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and GSA’s acquisition manual and training programs.

Drabkin became GSA’s senior procurement executive in 2000, after having served 20 years in the Defense Department in various positions, including the assistant deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition reform, acquisition process and policies.

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Reader comments

Mon, Mar 8, 2010

Big Business... Big Government... Same thing.

Mon, Mar 8, 2010

I'm not sure if the 1 year rule applies to retired feds, vs quiting and going to the private sector.

Fri, Mar 5, 2010

Isn't Mr. Drabkin prohibited from accepting this position for at least a one year period after leaving GSA? If he has recused himself for the past year from decision making while he was at GSA, what has he been doing?

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