The Twenty-Seventh Gilbert A. Cuneo Lecture in Government Contract Law

AuthorDaniel I. Gordon
PositionWas confirmed as the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, at the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) on November 21, 2009, where he served until the end of 2011
Pages103-112
2011] TWENTY-SEVENTH CUNEO LECTURE 103
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH GILBERT A. CUNEO LECTURE IN
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT LAW*
DANIEL I. GORDON
Thank you very much. I very much appreciate the honor of giving
the Cuneo Lecture. To be invited to give a lecture named after Gil Cuneo
is a huge honor for me as a long-time procurement lawyer. It is also a
pleasure to stand before so many friends and colleagues today. As I think
many of you know, I am a supporter of The JAG School and, in
particular, a fan of this symposium. The symposium is a unique
* This article is based on the transcribed and edited lecture delivered by the Honorable
Daniel I. Gordon to members of the staff and faculty and students attending the 2010
Contract and Fiscal Law Symposium on November 19, 2010, at The Judge Advocate
General’s Legal Center and School, U.S. Army, located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Cuneo Lecture is named in memory of Gilbert A. Cuneo, who was an extensive
commentator and premier litigator in the field of government contract law. Mr. Cuneo
graduated from Harvard Law School in 1937 and entered the United States Army in
1942. He served as a government contract law instructor on the faculty of The Judge
Advocate General’s School, then located at the University of Michigan Law School, from
1944 to 1946. For the next twelve years, Mr. Cuneo was an administrative law judge with
the War Department Board of Contract Appeals and its successor, the Armed Services
Board of Contract Appeals. He entered the private practice of law in 1958 in Washington,
D.C. During the next twenty years, Mr. Cuneo lectured and litigated extensively in all
areas of government contract law, and was unanimously recognized as the dean of the
government contract bar.
Daniel I. Gordon was confirmed as the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, at
the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Federal Procurement Policy
(OFPP) on November 21, 2009, where he served until the end of 2011. Mr. Gordon
currently serves as the Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law at the George
Washington University Law School. As the OFPP Administrator, Mr. Gordon was
responsible for developing and implementing acquisition policies supporting over $500
billion in federal spending annually. Prior to joining the OFPP, he spent seventeen years
at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and served as Assistant General
Counsel in the Legal Services Division, and Managing Associate General Counsel in the
Procurement Law Division before being appointed Deputy General Counsel in 2006 and
Acting General Counsel in 2009.
Before his time with GAO, Mr. Gordon worked in private practice, handling
acquisition-related matters, white collar crime cases, and bid protests before both GAO,
the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and the General Services Administration
Board of Contract Appeals. Mr. Gordon holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a M.Phil.
from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has also studied in
Paris, France; Marburg, Germany; and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Mr. Gordon has been an active member in the Public Contract Law Section of the
American Bar Associations and earlier served as a member of the adjunct faculty at the
George Washington University Law School. He is the author of articles on procurement
law and the bid protest process at GAO.

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