Al Burman

President, Jefferson Solutions

Allan Burman - PresidentDr. Allan V. Burman is President of Jefferson Solutions (Solutions), the government consulting practice of the Jefferson Consulting Group. Under his leadership, Solutions provides analysis, evaluation, program management and acquisition assistance and assessment services to many government departments and agencies. Dr. Burman advises firms, Congressional committees, federal and state agencies and international bodies on acquisition matters. He has testified before Congress over forty times on a variety of management issues during his career.

Dr. Burman leads many of Solutions' acquisition assistance efforts, with a focus on performance-based acquisitions and assessments to improve agencies' acquisition functions. Dr. Burman has worked with numerous agencies, including, among others, the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, State, Treasury and Veterans Affairs.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Burman had a lengthy career in the Federal government, serving in policy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. As Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in OMB, a Senate-confirmed position, Dr. Burman authored the 1991 policy letter that established "performance-based contracting" as the favored approach for contract reform. He also authored the 1992 policy letter that encouraged agencies to make greater use of past performance. Both of these documents reinforce the shift in federal management practices from an emphasis on procedure to a focus on outcomes.

Dr. Burman is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), Chair of the Procurement Round Table, a Fellow and Member of the Executive Advisory Council of the National Contract Management Association, a member of the Partnership for Public Service and an Honorary Member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University and at the International Law Institute where he is also a member of its Procurement Advisory Board. He served on the White House Acquisition Advisory Panel established by the Services Acquisition Reform Act and co-chaired the performance-based acquisition subcommittee of the panel. In 2009 he received a Federal 100 award in recognition of his contributions to the Federal information technology community.

Dr. Burman holds a PhD from The George Washington University, a master's degree from Harvard University, was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Political Studies, University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, and graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Federal Procurement
  • Acquisition Workforce
  • Performance-Based Acquisition
  • Commercial Services Management