OFPP's Jordan leaving for the private sector

Friday - 12/20/2013, 2:45pm EST

Joe Jordan is resigning as the administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Jordan is going to FedBid as the president of the public sector, according to a company press release.

OMB Director Sylvia Burwell confirmed Jordan's decision to leave.

The company said in a release Jordan will help grow and manage FedBid's federal buyer base, while also working to grow the company's efforts in the state, local and education sectors.

Additionally, Jordan will assist with the company's recent private-sector launch, a move to open commercial businesses of all sizes to buy commodity goods and simple services in the online marketplace.

"With a diverse career over the last 20 years of significant public and private sector procurement, contracting, business process and solution-making successes, Jordan will be a natural fit to move FedBid's public sector business forward," said FedBid CEO Ali Saadat in an statement.

Jordan will stay at OFPP through the end of January. Lesley Field, the deputy administrator, will step back into the acting role when Jordan leaves.

"Since coming to OMB in 2011 from the Small Business Administration, Joe Jordan has been a tremendous asset to this institution and a key adviser to both me and former acting Director [Jeff] Zients," Burwell said in a statement. "He has been a driving force behind administration procurement initiatives, including eliminating inefficiencies and buying smarter through strategic sourcing and shared services; improving contractor accountability and fighting waste, fraud, and abuse through the increased use of suspensions and debarments; stopping the excessive reimbursement for contractor executives; and making it easier for small businesses to contract with the federal government. I can't thank Joe enough for his outstanding public service, for his tireless efforts, and for the many contributions he has made over the years."

Jordan said in FedBid's release he's passionate about helping companies grow and that's what attracted him to the new job.

"This new role leading public sector efforts with FedBid gives me the opportunity to continue building momentum in our efforts to help the government buy smarter, while advancing economic growth in communities throughout the country," he said. "I'm grateful and looking forward to driving real positive change through a truly better way of buying."

Jordan started his government career at the Small Business Administration in 2009 where he served for two years as the associate administrator for government contracting and business development. President Barack Obama nominated Jordan to replace Dan Gordon. The Senate confirmed Jordan to be OFPP administrator in May 2012.

Prior to his time with SBA, Jordan worked for the consulting firm of McKinsey and Company.

During his tenure as OFPP administrator, Jordan focused on several initiatives, including strategic sourcing and improving the federal acquisition workforce.

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