Small business contracting chief leaving for OMB

Thursday - 12/1/2011, 3:31pm EST

By Ruben Gomez
Reporter
Federal News Radio

A leader of the government's effort to increase small business contracting is leaving for a job at the Office of Management and Budget.

Joseph Jordan, the Small Business Administration's associate administrator of government contracting and business development, will join OMB in mid-December as senior adviser to Deputy Director and Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients, OMB spokeswoman Moira Mack told Federal News Radio. Jordan will help Zients and senior staff with policy and procurement matters.

Jordan, who joined SBA in March 2009, will leave his current job on Friday, Dec. 9., spokesperson Mike Stamler said.

During his time at SBA, Jordan saw $100 billion in federal contracts go to small businesses annually, said SBA Administrator Karen Mills in an email to staff.

"Joe led two consecutive years of significant increases resulting in nearly 23 percent of federal contracts going to small businesses in FY 2010," she said. "In addition, Joe has led efforts to remove fraud, waste and abuse from federal contracting programs, ensuring that the benefits of these programs are flowing directly to small businesses."

John Shoraka, an SBA regional administrator, will take Jordan's job while the agency searches for a permanent replacement, Mills said.

Before joining SBA, Jordan served as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, a global management-consulting firm. He also built a web-based publisher-marketer called Backwire, according to his bio.

Reports of Jordan's departure first appeared in FedScoop.

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