The FierceGovernment complete collection of Dan Gordon memos


By David Perera and Molly Bernhart Walker 
Dan Gordon, administrator of the office of federal procurement policy, will step down at the end of the year and take a position as associate dean for government contracts law at the George Washington University Law School, according to a memo from the White House Nov. 2.

Gordon has been at the helm of OFPP for almost 2 years; he was confirmed as administrator Nov. 21, 2009.

Under Gordon, OFPP issued just one policy letter, which appeared in the Federal Register Sept. 12, 2011. The policy letter issued new guidance on inherently governmental functions, or what jobs must be conducted by federal employees rather than contractors. The guidance was in keeping with the March 2010 draft policy and used the 1998 Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act definition of inherently governmental, rather than broadening it.

Under Gordon, OFPP issued one policy guide (.pdf) on emergency acquisitions on Jan. 14, 2011, and 13 memos, according to's OFPP page.

Click through the report for more information on each of Gordon's memos.

1. Dec. 22, 2009 Achieving Better Value from Our Acquisitions
2. Feb. 25, 2010 Survey of Agency Policies and Practices Regarding Contractor Tax Delinquencies
July 19, 2010 Improving the Accessibility of Government Information
4. Nov. 5, 2010 Service Contract Inventories
5. Jan. 21, 2011 Improving Contractor Past Performance Assessments: Summary of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy's Review, and Strategies for Improvement
6. Feb. 2, 2011 "Myth-Busting": Addressing Misconceptions to Improve Communication with Industry during the Acquisition Process
7. Feb. 4, 2011 Attracting Talent to the Acquisition Workforce
8. Feb. 11, 2011 Increasing Small Business Participation in Federal Contracting
May 31, 2011 Improving Federal Procurement Data Quality - Guidance for Annual Verification and Validation
10. July 13, 2011 Guidance for Specialized Information Technology Acquisition Cadres 
11. Sept. 6, 2011 Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representatives (FAC-COR)
12. Sept. 29, 2011 Development, Review and Approval of Business Cases for Certain Interagency and Agency-Specific Acquisitions 
13. Oct. 5, 2011 Improving Sustainable Acquisition and Reporting