Former top US buyer bang to rights

20 October 2009
Is David Safavian the most famous buyer in the world? Banged up for a year, his professional reputation damaged irrevocably, it was all once so rosy for him. In 2004 he was elevated to the most senior buying role in the world. As administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, he was responsible for setting purchasing policy for the entire US government. But his time at the top was short-lived as his relationship with disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff began to unravel. The golf trip to Scotland he took with Abramoff became indefensible and he was hoisted before a judge in 2006. Over three years and one appeal later, Safavian has been handed what should be his final punishment for lying to the FBI and obstructing justice. Sadly for the profession the case has become somewhat of a media circus and punching his name into Google produces hundreds of news hits. What other buyer can claim such ubiquitous exposure? Regretfully, his fame is for all the wrong reasons.
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