WASHINGTON—The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday approved the nominations of Erroll Southers to be Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration and Daniel Gordon to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget.  The Committee, led by Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me., approved both nominations by unanimous voice vote.

“To this job, Mr. Southers brings the nearly three decades of experience in public safety, homeland security and intelligence he has earned working at all levels of government and in academia,” Lieberman said.  “And in Mr. Gordon, the President has turned to a seasoned expert in procurement to serve as the Administrator of OFPP.”

            Collins applauded the Committee’s approval of Gordon, saying “Seldom has a nominee for Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy come before this Committee at a more critical time.  The federal acquisition system is under tremendous stress.  Between fiscal years 2000 and 2008, acquisition spending by the federal government expanded by 163 percent, from $205 billion to $539 billion.  The Office of Federal Procurement Policy plays a central role in shaping the policies and practices federal agencies use to acquire the goods and services they need to carry out their missions.  In doing so, the OFPP has an obligation to ensure that the federal acquisition system promotes the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness that provide the best value to taxpayers.  Mr. Gordon brings with him more than 20 years of private and public experience in the federal acquisition system ranging from litigating and adjudicating bid protests, to teaching about the federal procurement system at a law school.  He is the right person for this critical job.”