Breaking News: Obama names first CPO
- By Mary Mosquera
- Jan 07, 2009
Nancy Killefer, whom President-elect Barack Obama named to be the
government’s first chief performance officer today, brings significant
public and private management and operational experience to the
position, Obama said in announcing her appointment.
responsibility will be to bring more accountability and transparency to
federal agencies and their programs and help reform the federal budget.
also announced that he intends to nominate Killefer to be deputy
director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.
a senior director at McKinsey and Co., Killefer previously served as
the Treasury Department's assistant secretary for management, its chief
financial officer and chief operating officer during the Clinton
Obama described Killefer as “an expert in
streamlining processes and wringing out inefficiencies so that
taxpayers and consumers get more for their money.”
she plans to work across bureaucratic boundaries and will look to
federal employees to play a significant role in making the government
more efficient and effective.
“Most of the operational issues
facing the government have taken place over years,” Killefer said.
“There is an urgency to begin now.”
”The CPO is one of the most
important appointments I will make,” Obama said. He repeated his
campaign promise that he would scour the federal budget, “eliminating
what we don’t need, or what doesn’t work, and improving the things that
Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office announced today
that the deficit Obama’s administration will inherit will reach $1.2
trillion this fiscal year, and his recovery plan will add to that
“Unless we take decisive action, even after our economy
pulls out of its slide, trillion-dollar deficits will be a reality for
years to come,” Obama said.
He said that he would instruct
members of his Cabinet and key staffers to meet with Killefer soon
after he takes office and on a regular basis thereafter to discuss how
to run their agencies with greater efficiency, transparency and
At McKinsey, Killefer managed the company's
public-sector practice and developed strategies to improve
While serving at Treasury from
1997 to 2000, Killefer led a major modernization at the Internal
Revenue Service, Obama said. According to her biography, she prepared
Treasury's computer systems for the Year 2000 date change and revamped
management processes, including installing an asset management program
After returning to McKinsey in 2000, she joined
the IRS Oversight Board, a public/private panel that advises and
oversees the IRS. She was a member of the board from 2000 to 2005 and
the board’s chairwoman from 2002 to 2004.
Killefer received her
master’s in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology’s Sloan School of Management and her bachelor’s degree from
Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.