Bush procurement policy chief will appeal conviction

The head of federal procurement policy during the Bush administration will appeal his 2008 conviction for lying about his dealings with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

On Wednesday, former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator David Safavian's attorneys filed documents with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia requesting a stay of his one-year sentence, pending the completion of the appeal. Safavian is due to report to jail next spring after the birth of his second child.

Safavian, who served as chief of staff at the General Services Administration during the incidents in question, will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will throw out the conviction, grant him a new trial or reduce his sentence. Safavian's attorneys filed his official notice of appeals last month.

The newly filed documents indicate that Safavian's challenge will center on three areas: the legal relevance of statements he made to a GSA ethics officer and to an FBI agent, allegations the government engaged in vindictive prosecution when it added new charges as part of a reindictment, and the admission of evidence regarding the cost of a charter plane to Scotland. The defense raised each of these issues at trial, but lost.

"When taken together, these questions, if decided in Safavian's favor, would likely result in reversal, a new trial order or a reduced sentence, including a term of imprisonment less than the expected duration of the appeal process," his attorney wrote. "Accordingly, Safavian should be released on conditions pending appeal."

The attorneys added that Safavian was no threat to flee the country and posed no danger to the community.

Safavian is no stranger to the appeals process. In June 2008, he successfully appealed his 2006 conviction on related charges. But prosecutors reindicted him in October 2008, and a jury again found him guilty in December 2008.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.