Organization Launches to Promote Reform in Federal Acquisition System

Federal Acquisition Innovation and Reform Institute aims to bring ongoing procurement reform to the way the federal government conducts its buying; board members announced


  • Raj Sharma, Co-chair of the Board — Sharma is founder, president and CEO of Censeo Consulting Group, a provider of strategic supply chain management, operations and procurement capabilities to Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies. Sharma brings over 16 years of procurement and supply chain consulting experience, working with C-level executives and their teams to implement supply management solutions. He has been instrumental in helping guide the federal government in establishing a framework for strategic sourcing, now being applied across many federal organizations, including the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to founding Censeo in 2003, Sharma held several sourcing and supply chain management positions at Booz Allen Hamilton and FreeMarkets (now part of Ariba).
  • Allan V. Burman, Co-chair of the Board — Burman is president of Jefferson Solutions, the government division of the Jefferson Consulting Group. He is a former administrator for federal procurement policy in the White House's Office of Management and Budget, serving in that position under presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Burman is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a director of the Procurement Round Table, member of the Executive Advisory Council of the National Contract Management Association, and an honorary member of the National Defense Industrial Association. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University.
  • David Nelson, Board member — Nelson, a sourcing and supply management visionary, is chief supply chain/strategy officer for HTC Global Services. Prior to that, he served as vice president, global supply management at tier-one automaker Delphi Corporation, where he was also a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the firm's top policymaking group. He previously led purchasing and supply management operations at Honda of America Manufacturing and Deere & Company.
  • Joe Sandor, Board member — Sandor, former president and CEO of Creative Procurement Strategies, was appointed the Hoagland-Metzler endowed professor of practice in supply management at Michigan State University's Eli Broad Graduate School of Management in 2006. Prior to forming Creative Procurement Strategies, where he advised clients such as Harley-Davidson, Rolls-Royce, Whirlpool, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola and ConAgra, Sandor was chief procurement officer and director of corporate purchasing and logistics for the Sara Lee Corporation for 15 years.
  • David Litman, Board member — Litman was senior procurement executive for the Department of Transportation from October 1995 to February 2008. His responsibilities included overseeing DOT's $6 billion annual acquisition program, providing leadership and policy guidance to the DOT acquisition work force, overseeing grants management and policy, and guiding the competitive sourcing program. Litman also served as chair of the Federal Acquisition Institute board of directors and was chair of the Chief Acquisition Officers' Council Human Capital Working Group. Previously, he spent more than 10 years as a contract specialist, contracting officer, deputy branch head and branch head in the contracting division of the Joint Cruise Missiles Project, Department of the Navy, acquiring the TOMAHAWK Cruise Missile and its components.

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