Obama Names Jeffrey Zients His Score Keeper
President Barack Obama named Jeffrey Zients, a prominent Virginia business management consultant, as his choice to serve as the governments first Chief Performance Officer (CPO). Our new president pledged to gain control over wasteful spending and hold those responsible parties accountable. The President reminded Americans “If we’re going to rebuild our economy on a solid foundation, we need to change the way we do business in Washington,” If that means changing to corporate best practices, then there is no better candidate for the job than Jeffrey Zients, who made a fortune with his corporate successes at both the Advisory Board and the Corporate Executive Board and is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Portfolio Logic.
In his new role as Federal CPO and Deputy of the Office of Management and Budget, Zients will need to ramp up the vision he demonstrated at his previous successful companies. This effort represents a best practices study of enormous scale. Zients as CPO will need to get government workers to perform at levels comparable to the private sector. This won’t be easy since private industry CXO’s make many times the earnings of a government position.
Aneesh Chopra, also a former member of the Advisory Board Company, will be no stranger to the model that Zients will most likely implement from his days in the private sector and along with his long time friend Vivek Kundra, recently named Federal CIO, will be tasked with building a scalable technology platform that can measure and report, in an age of new web 2.0 based transparency, on how government workers are doing and compensate them accordingly.
One would expect Government Contractors will not be left out of this highly granular score keeping exercise and those with the ability to make the grades will have new friends in Zients, Chopra and Kundra the Scorekeepers.