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FCW Insider: Denett to leave OFPP in September

We have been hearing rumors for weeks that Paul Denett was getting ready to leave his post as the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

This morning, we are hearing that Denett has, in fact, told OMB officials that he will be leaving OFPP at the beginning of September. It is unclear if Denett has a job lined up.

Denett's departure, while widely expected, comes on the heels of the departure of Robert Burton, the long-time OFPP deputy administrator. Leslie Field has been named as the new deputy OFPP administrator.

Denett entered the OFPP job at a very difficult time, following the arrest of David Safavian, the former OFPP administrator. So he has earned a lot of respect for taking the reins at that point.

But there are also flock of people who have been disappointed by Denett. He was seen as good with policy issues, but some procurement and acquisition workers were frustrated that he wasn't out in the community more. He is renowned for leaving the office at 5p every day. And he did not attend Burton's retirement festivities because... they were held after 5p. One sometimes hears stories like this and it is difficult to assess them. One hopes we have moved beyond clock watching management and assess people on what they actually accomplish. It is also impossible to assess what else people have going on in their lives that we may not know about. That being said,Denett's presence was noticeably absent at Burton's retirement gathering.

We'll post a FCW.com poll question asking you to assess Denett's tenure... and comments always welcome.

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Aug 01, 2008 at 12:17 PM

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Reader comments

Mon, Aug 4, 2008 Shep Claremont

Paul was a colossal disappointment. I'm sure however that the folks at OMB can find and even bigger disappointment to finish out the Administration. They obviously don't think Acquisition is that important, look at not only the Administrators they have picked, but the CAOs they put in place. Could this really have been what Congress contemplated when they created OFPP and the CAO positions?

Mon, Aug 4, 2008 George Kelley

I believe Mr. Denett a good political post holder, but getting into the weeds on real issues he did not. Perhaps he is resigning because he simply isn't getting the job done plus his wife will be or is under scrutiny with the Mayberry incident. When will real people, that "really care" get into these leadership positions? It would be nice to have a true leader again.

Fri, Aug 1, 2008 frank pugliese

We have not had any real serious leadership in this office since Steve Kelman he truly made a real and lasting difference leading this organization.

Fri, Aug 1, 2008 frank pugliese

We have not had real serious and orexcellent leadership in this office since Steve Kelman he made a real and lasting difference that will be hard to top.

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