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Why Not an Insider? Lesley Anne Field as Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy


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Gene L. Dodaro became the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on December 22, 2010, when he was confirmed by the United States Senate. He was nominated by President Obama in September of 2010 from a list of candidates selected by a bipartisan, bicameral congressional commission. He had been serving as Acting Comptroller General since March of 2008.

I only add the quote about Gene Dodaro to show that Actings can effectively manage organizations.  He's been running GAO for 12 years now.  I was relieved to see that an insider was finally made the Comptroller General.  Someone that knew the agency, someone that could hit the ground running, someone that could get the job done.  That's enough about Gene, this entry is about the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and its next Administrator.

I'm feeling a little nasty this morning because its raining here and my dogs and I already got soaked.  I've been grumbling to myself for the past week about the previous nominee for Administrator, his prepared opening statement before the Senate Committee and the failure to nominate an obvious choice for Administrator.  First things first-that awful prepared opening statement.  Prepared Statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.  Please read it--it's only 1 1/2 pages.  Did he have any plans as Administrator?  (I've deleted all the nasty questions I would have asked the withdrawn nominee if I were a Senator.)

Now here's Lesley Anne Field and here is a biography from a University Alumni Association meeting from 2015.  Let's look at a couple highlights:

  • the Acting Administrator periodically since September 2008, and
  • a contracting officer and procurement policy analyst.

You can read about her educational qualifications, some of what she has done at OFPP, and listen to her speaking in the recording for the University event.  It's time the President removes the Acting word from her title and nominates her as Administrator--period.

 

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Why not?  It’s obvious the Biden Administration doesn’t know what they want out of procurement.  Why not select someone to maintain the status quo and not disrupt anything. 

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