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DorobekInsider: Obama expected to nominate GAO’s Gordon to OFPP post — soon

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There have been all kinds of names floating around, but… expect the White House to nominate Daniel Gordon, the deputy general counsel for the Government Accountability Office, to be nominated… and possibly very soon.

Gordon will well liked and respected — and yet an interesting selection. He has focused on workforce issues, but he also serves as GAO’s ethics counselor. And it is interesting to select an OFPP administrator from the oversight community. One procurement insider tells me that he has a “brilliant mind” and that he has an “interesting background — including having served in the Israeli Army.”

Here is Gordon’s bio:

Deputy General Counsel, Government Accountability Office (GAO) July 2006 to present

Prior positions at GAO:
* Managing Associate General Counsel, (head of Procurement Law 2000-July 2006 Division, GAO’s bid protest unit)
* Associate General Counsel (deputy head of Procurement 1997-2000 Law Division)
* Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services Division 1995-1997 (primary duties involved personnel law & managing administrative litigation of internal personnel matters)
* Senior attorney, Procurement Law Division 1992-1995 (adjudicating bid protests)

* Member, Adjunct Faculty, George Washington University 2002-present
* Law School (co-teaching: Formation of Government Contracts; Comparative & International Public Procurement)
* Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson 1987-1992

* Court Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of 1986-1987
* Columbia Circuit Education Harvard Law School (J.D., 1986, cum laude)
* Executive editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

* Oxford University (M.Phil., 1974)
* Brandeis University (B.A., 1972, summa cum laude)

Also studied at:

* Tel-Aviv University (doctoral studies in German history) (1981-82)
* University of Marburg (Germany) (1972)
* University of Munich (Germany) (1971)
* Institute of Political Studies (Paris) (1970-71)

There have been a number of names that have been floated around… I also heard most of them — and dis-confirmed them. FCW acquisition reporter Matthew Weigelt has been tracking it fairly closely — and he has a good story assessing what people hope comes from the new OPFF administrator. And Weigelt has reported some of the names that have been making the rounds — Cathy Garman a staffer on the House Armed Services Committee, David Gragan, the chief procurement officer for the District of Columbia, and David Yarkin, president of Government Sourcing Solutions.

Again, expect an announcement… soon.

Written by cdorobek

September 29, 2009 at 9:18 AM