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I have been told that the president has nominated a former SBA official, Mr. Joseph Jordan, to be OFPP administrator. The following is from his official bio:

Mr. Jordan has a strong track record of success as an entrepreneur and an expert in marketing, media and public relations.

Prior to joining SBA, Mr. Jordan was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. At McKinsey, he specialized in developing purchasing and supply management strategies for clients across several industries. He also worked in the firm's public sector practice, advising state governments on how to cut costs and capture efficiencies. Mr. Jordan previously worked as a consultant at Corrigan Communications in Boston. In that role, he led marketing strategies, media campaigns, and crisis management plans for clients primarily in the non-profit and elder care sectors.

In 2000, Mr. Jordan built and managed operations of Backwire, a Web-based publisher-marketer which quickly grew to 3 million subscribers. When the company was purchased by Leap Wireless, he transitioned to become Leap's project manager for strategic planning and product development. He managed advertising sales, marketing, business development and data operations within the company's telephone entertainment network.

From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Jordan was an associate producer on MSNBC's “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” In that position, he helped select topics, produce show segments, and brief guests who appeared on the daily news show.

Mr. Jordan is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts (B.A., political science) and the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration in Charlottesville, Virginia (M.B.A.) where he was a recipient of the William Michael Shermet Award. His interests include volleyball, travel and The Boston Red Sox.

The president's selection shows how deeply interested he is in the effectiveness of the acquisition system and confirms his recognition of the importance of OFPP to sound policy development. Mr. Jordan's deep, hands-on experience in government contracting suggests that his achievements as OFPP administrator during the remainder of 2012 will be at least as significant as those of his predecessor. We should all be thankful for the presidential appointment system.

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