DorobekINSIDER: Northrop makes it official: Drabkin is the new director of acquisition policy

Thursday - 3/4/2010, 2:00am EST

The DorobekINSIDER told you first that David Drabkin was retiring from government… and that he was joining Northrop, but it is now official: Drabkin will serve as Northrop Grumman’s director of acquisition policy.

From the press release:

Northrop Grumman Corporation has named David A. Drabkin director of acquisition policy for the company. Drabkin reports directly to Larry Lanzillotta,corporate vice president of customer relations.

In his new role, Drabkin will be responsible for coordinating the company’s efforts related to pending and upcoming acquisition regulations and policy at the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies. He will lead internal coordination of Congressional relations activities related to acquisition policy and reform and representing the company at numerous acquisition and related professional associations.

“The extensive acquisition expertise David Drabkin brings from his work with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), theDefense Department and the Defense Logistics Agency is critical and will greatly benefit Northrop Grumman,” said Lanzillotta.

Before joining Northrop Grumman, Drabkin served as the acting chief acquisition office/deputy chief acquisition officer and senior procurement executive for the GSA. In those two positions, he led several acquisition-based initiatives such as the Federal Acquisition Institute, Federal Procurement Data Center, Catalog of Domestic Federal Assistance and the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council. He also servedas procurement counsel to the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

Drabkin held several executive positions at the Defense Department including the deputy program manager for the $4.2 billion Pentagon Renovation Program. He also worked as the chief counsel for the Defense Logistics Agency. In 2009, Drabkin was presented with the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award for his strong leadership and commitment to public service.

Other awards include the Federal 100 Top Information Technology Executive Award and the Leadership Award in Acquisition & Procurement. Drabkin earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and politicalscience from Washington and Jefferson College, in Washington, Pa., anda law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala.