The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Joseph Jordan as the next administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday with only one vote being cast against.
His nomination will now go to the Senate for a full vote.
President Obama nominated Jordan for the position in February, shortly after he left his position as an associate administrator at the Small Business Administration to join OMB as an advisor to then Chief Performance Officer Jeffery Zients.
Jordan would replace Dan Gordon, who announced in November he was leaving to serve as associate dean for government contracts law at the George Washington University Law School.
At SBA, Jordan headed the set-aside programs for government contractors such as the 8(a) program that helps small government contractors win contracts.
When Jordan came to the agency, it had seen small business contracting drop the previous three years, falling short of the targeted 23 percent. In the 24 months that followed it had the largest two-year increase in over a decade, thanks to the mobilization of several initiatives aimed at streamlining the processes the government uses with small businesses to award contracts.
“In any changes we made, it was never without working with the community to find out exactly what’s working, what’s not, and to find the best solutions,” Jordan told FedScoop in his final interview at SBA. “It was never about government coming in and telling people how to operate, but really listening to the ways that we could best help facilitate what they do.”