Robert Woods

President, Topside Consulting Group


Robert Burton, former Acting Administrator
Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP, and former Deputy Administrator
Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget

Robert A. Burton is a member of the Crowell & Moring Government Contract Group in the firm’s office in Washington, D.C. He is a federally recognized federal procurement attorney.
A 30-year veteran of procurement policies and laws development, Rob served in the President’s Executive Office as deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policies (OFPP), the nation’s chief federal procurement officer. He also served as interim administrator for two years during his seven-year term at OFPP.
As deputy administrator of OFPP, Rob was responsible for government procurement policy and procurement guidance for all agencies of the executive branch. His office was accused of developing a policy that would affect more than $ 400 billion (billion) in annual federal expenditures, a figure that doubled during the time Rob was in office as a result of the Iraq War and other important events. In OFPP, Rob was instrumental on several fronts, including the preparation of political positions and the testimony of the administration on the proposed procurement legislation; working with committees of the Chamber and the Senate in the development of acquisition reform proposals; and serve as the main spokesperson for procurement initiatives throughout the government. He also served as executive director of the Acquisition Board of Directors (CAO), which consists of the procurement directors of each federal agency. In addition, Rob managed the activities of the Federal Procurement Regulatory Council (FAR), which has legal authority to promulgate government procurement regulations and the Cost Accounting Standards Board.