Obama to Fill Management Advisory Board with Private Sector CEOs

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order creating the Management Advisory Board, which will be compromised of private sector chief executive officers who will provide advice on best practices relating to technology, customer service and productivity. President Obama hopes to harness the expertise of the private sector because “the private sector has leapfrogged ahead of the federal government when it comes to innovative operation and management, especially as it relates to the use of information technology,” Peter Orzag writes on OMB’s blog.

Orzag points out that while the federal government used to be the cutting edge of technology, that is no longer the case. “It used to be that a federal worker had more computing power and prowess at their desk than at home; now, they often have more power in their Blackberry or iPhone than at their desk,” he writes.

Federal Chief Performance Officer, Jeff Zients, will head the new Management Advisory Board. President Obama will choose board members with the next several months “on the basis of their record of sound judgment in leading large, complex, or innovative private-sector organizations.”

The formation of the Management Advisory Board comes on the heels of the White House Forum on Modernizing Government in January. During the forum, 50 CEOs were invited to the White House to discuss ways to improve effectiveness and efficiency within the federal government.

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