Procurement policy chief nominated by Obama

5 October 2009

6 October 2009 | Jake Kanter

US president Barack Obama has chosen the man he wants to lead the overhaul of government procurement.

Dan Gordon has been put forward to be administrator for federal procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In the role, which is subject to Senate confirmation, he will be responsible for helping the US public sector deliver $40 billion (£25 billion) of procurement savings every year.

Gordon, a career purchaser, will oversee procurement reforms including improving skills through training and recruitment, and cutting wasteful spending. He will also be charged with developing new strategies to improve purchasing across the public sector.

Gordon has worked at the Government Accountability Office since 1992. He has been acting general counsel GAO since May, prior to that he worked as deputy general counsel. He led the procurement law division from 2000 until 2006. He has also worked in private practice. Gordon attended Harvard Law School, has degrees in politics from Oxford University and Brandeis University.

Commenting on the nomination, OMB director Peter Orszag said: "Dan will bring a fresh approach to procurement policy, but he also will rely on the expertise of the career procurement workforce to improve our procurement processes. This is a critical job."

Announcing a number of nominations for various positions in government, Obama said: "These men and women bring with them a wealth of experience and talent, and I am grateful for their willingness to commit themselves to public service. I look forward to working with them in these important roles in the coming months and years."

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