Obama performance czar to wear dual hats

President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday named Nancy Killefer as the government's first chief performance officer, responsible for making federal programs run more efficiently. Killefer, who was an assistant secretary of the Treasury Department in the Clinton administration, confirmed to Government Executive that she also will be the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.

"During the campaign, I said that we must scour this budget line-by-line, eliminating what we don't need or what doesn't work, and improving the things that do," Obama said during a press conference. "Working with Peter Orszag and Rob Nabors at the Office of Management and Budget, Nancy Killefer is uniquely qualified to lead that effort."

Obama touted Killefer's career at Treasury, where she served as assistant secretary for management, chief financial officer and chief operating officer, as well as her private sector experience at McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm where she is a senior director. The president-elect said Killefer is an expert at streamlining processes and eliminating inefficiencies who also understands that government services are delivered by people.

"She has 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," Obama said.

Killefer will meet with Cabinet members and other key agency officials soon after the inauguration and then on a regular basis.

"I am convinced the success of every policy of this administration will be influenced by the people executing it, and I'm committed to engaging and drawing on the talents of the federal workforce in order to deliver on our promise of a new more efficient and effective government," Killefer said.

Jim Flyzik, president of the consulting firm TheFlyzikGroup, worked with Killefer when he was chief information officer at the Treasury Department, and called her "a fantastic selection."

"I enjoyed working for her -- she was tough, you had to justify everything you were doing and she required you to do your homework … but she was very fair and supportive," Flyzik said. "When you were able to demonstrate you knew what you were doing and put the performance metrics and governance structure in place, she would certainly get behind you."

Robert Shea, former OMB associate director for administration and government performance, said he has heard her described as "unflappable."

"She has been looked to by both parties as someone who is nonpartisan, super smart and can carry an enormous load and make it look effortless," Shea said. "Provided she gets additional resources -- which I expect her to get -- on top of what she can draw on at OMB, she can be successful."

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

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

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

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