The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced yesterday that Dan Gordon, Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, will leave office by the end of the year. Gordon, who has headed the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) since 2009, will become the Associate Dean for Government Contracts Law at The George Washington University, beginning on January 1, 2012.
OMB Director Jack Lew praised Gordon for his success in turning around the growth in government contracting, strengthening the acquisition workforce, cutting waste, and for his commitment to openness and integrity in government contracting. “On Dan’s watch, spending on federal contracting decreased for the first time in a dozen years,” Lew said.
Lew specifically highlighted Gordon’s “Myth-Busters” campaign and his focus on improving the federal acquisition workforce. The “Myth-Busters” program promoted more open communication between government and industry. Gordon worked to increase and improve acquisition workforce training in all federal agencies and strengthen the contract management role of contracting officers, Lew said.
Gordon also led efforts to clarify the difference between inherently governmental work and work contracted out to private contractors, Lew said. Under his direction, OFPP issued guidance to agencies that reserved certain work to federal employees and maintained management oversight over government operations support contractors.
Prior to becoming the head of OFPP, Gordon served in the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for seventeen years. He was appointed and Acting General Counsel in 2009 after serving as Deputy General Counsel since 2006. Before that, he served as the Legal Service Division’s Assistant General Counsel and the Procurement Law Division’s Managing Associate General Counsel.