Obama to Tomorrow Introduce New Person for New Job — Chief Performance Officer

Jan 6, 2009 4:33pm

President-elect Obama will be introducing his new Chief Performance Officer (CPO) on Wednesday morning.

This is a new position designed to combat waste and improve efficiency.

During this week, when the President-elect has been talking a great deal about spending hundreds of billions of dollars to get the economy moving again, he has tried to also convey that he will be vigilant about spending the money wisely.

The new Chief Performance Officer, the then-Senator said at a campaign event in Green Bay, Wisc., in September, will report directly to him and head a "SWAT" team "composed of top-performing and highly paid government professionals" to work with agency heads and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to make the government less wasteful and more efficient.

"I am not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it’s there," Obama said at the time. "We will fire government managers who aren’t getting results, we will cut funding for programs that are wasting your money, and we will use technology and lessons from the private sector to improve efficiency across every level of government — because we cannot meet 21st century challenges with a 20th century bureaucracy."

He said his team would "eliminate wasteful redundancy" and "thin the ranks of Washington middle managers, freeing up resources both for deficit reduction and for increasing the number of frontline workers."

– jpt

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