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OFPP Nominee Joseph Jordan Visits Lawmakers For Confirmation Hearing

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The White House nominated Joseph Jordan to replace Dan Gordon as Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator in February.

Now Jordan awaits congressional approval to take Gordon’s place as the acquisition head, Federal News Radio reports.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and additional senators recently questioned Jordan as to how he could appropriately fill Gordon’s shoes.

Jordan told the Senate committee his experiences in the public and private sector, working with various entities on procurement and supply chain management issues, make him qualified for the job, according to Federal News Radio.

He cited his experience dealing with strategic sourcing and ways to buy smarter and use data to lower cost and improve value, according to FNR.

In addition to recounting his experience overseeing small business contracting for the government, Jordan also shed light on his priorities if his nomination as OFPP head is approved.

They include increasing smarter buying policies among agencies, ensuring agencies are sourcing needs to reasonable parties with ethical principles and integrity and continuing efforts to invest in and train the acquisition workforce.

When asked how he would deal with the increasing number of multiple award contracts, Jordan said MACs are increasing duplication and said he plans to enforce OFPP’s rule requiring agencies to develop business cases for new MACs.

The contractor reimbursement pay cap was increased ten percent as a result of a previous statute.

Jordan also asked Congress to pass a bill that would limit the pay cap, according to Federal News Radio’s report.

He suggested the government consider lowering the pay cap, but include specifications or exceptions for specialized roles such as those who conduct cybersecurity or highly technical work.

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