Senate to vet next federal procurement policy chief


The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will meet tomorrow to vet Joe Jordan, the President’s nominee to lead the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Jordan joined the Office of Management and Budget in December as a senior adviser on procurement issues — the standard setup for potential nominees. Former OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon left the office Jan. 1.

Members in the contracting community have expressed concern that Jordan’s nomination could be held up by the elections but no signs of that yet. Industry and federal officials are eager to get a leader in place.

“In this time of budget austerity, procurement policies are important drivers of efficiency and effectiveness in the government,” Professional Services Council President Stan Soloway said in a statement soon after Jordan’s nomination was announced.

Jordan was previously the Small Business Administration’s associate administrator of government contracting and business development, which could be useful since small business contracting has become a bigger issue in the last year. Federal officials have strengthened contracting rules to ensure small subcontractors get their share of government work, and House members are considering legislation that would penalize agencies that do not meet their small business contracting goals.


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