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Private sector experience could serve performance czar well

Jeffrey Zients was successful at firms that conduct customized research on best practices in health care and financial management.


TSP board endorses Roth IRA option for enrollees

But board is split on whether to support additional investment funds.

Jeffrey Zients also will serve as deputy director for management at OMB.

Obama names Washington businessman as chief performance officer

President says he will ask agency leaders next week for specific proposals on trimming their budgets.

Defense chief to tap Army modernization funds for new vehicle program

Gates will request "substantial money" for the program as part of the fiscal 2010 budget.

Reconciliation seen as main hurdle for conference talks

While the Senate resolution does not include reconciliation instructions, the House resolution has them for healthcare reform and education legislation.

Contractors get another reprieve from E-Verify rule

The rule was to take effect in February, but the Obama administration has delayed implementation until June 30.

Gates warns against big cuts in future spending

Defense chief says Pentagon needs annual budgets that allow the military to battle a range of threats.

From Nextgov.com: Groups wrangle over public access to subsidized health care data

The records of physician claims paid by Medicare are not available to the public, but that could change under an administration pushing for greater transparency .

Report questions ballooning use of cost-plus contracts

Value of projects awarded under the risky arrangement has nearly doubled in the past eight years.

Former public diplomacy official weighs in on his successor at State

James Glassman urges his replacement to get out and talk to key players at other agencies.