Top job in OFPP filled

Office of Federal Procurement Policy

President Bush announced last week he would nominate Angela Styles to lead the White House's efforts on acquisition policy.

As administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, Styles will oversee agency acquisition practices and policies. That includes carrying out the president's initiatives to increase the use of procurement-based contracting, outsourcing and electronic procurement.

The OFPP administrator also works closely with organizations such as the federal Procurement Executives Council (PEC) to ensure federal acquisition policy is used and understood at the agencies.

Styles now serves two roles in a temporary appointment at the General Services Administration: special assistant to the associate administrator of the Office of Governmentwide Policy and to the commissioner of the Public Buildings Service.

Before moving to GSA, she was counsel to the government contracts group at the Washington, D.C., law firm Miller & Chevalier, where she focused on federal procurement law and litigation. That experience makes her a good candidate for the OFPP leadership position, said Paul Denett, senior procurement executive at the Interior Department and vice chairman of the P

"She's got the right connections, she's got the right education and background," he said. "The sooner she's confirmed, the sooner we can get started tackling some of these issues."

Bush also nominated Stephen Perry to be administrator of the General Services Administration and Kay Cole James to be director of the Office of Personnel Management. Perry's background includes a stint from 1991 to 1993 as director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. James last served as dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University in Virginia.

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