Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Chief Performance Officer

From the inbox, a new gig at the White House per Obama:

For nearly thirty years - as a leader at McKinsey & Company, and as Assistant Secretary for Management, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer at Treasury under President Clinton — Nancy has built a career out of making major American corporations and public institutions more efficient, effective and transparent.

Nancy is an expert in streamlining processes and wringing out inefficiencies so that taxpayers and consumers get more for their money. And during her time at Treasury, she helped bring the Department into the twenty-first century, modernizing the IRS and preparing systems for Y2K.

But Nancy also understands that at the end of the day, government services are delivered by people. That’s why she’s always worked tirelessly to empower employees to take matters into their own hands: to rethink outmoded ways of doing things, to embrace new systems and technologies, and to take initiative in developing better practices.
Hard to say how effective this will be, but considering Obama is inheriting Bush's ginormous deficit, and will be forced to spend out the wazzoo to make any economic stimulus (to counteract Bush's ginormous stupidity) effective, having a dedicated position to cut costs where possible is a nice idea.

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