White House Profile
Jeffrey Zients
Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy

Jeff Zients is Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Prior to his appointment, Zients twice served as the acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from January 2012 to April 2013, and from June to October 2010. In 2009, he was confirmed by the Senate as Deputy Director for OMB, and was appointed by President Obama to the newly created position of United States Chief Performance Officer. Zients also managed the 2013 Tech Surge of Healthcare.gov.

Prior to joining the Administration, Zients spent 20 years in the private sector as a CEO, management consultant and entrepreneur. His expertise in business strategy, process reengineering and financial management extends across a range of industries and geographies. Zients served as CEO and Chairman of The Advisory Board Company and Chairman of the Corporate Executive Board, both leading providers of performance benchmarking and best practices across a wide range of industries, assisting senior executives at over 5,000 businesses to improve the efficiency of their operations. Zients began his career in management consulting where he focused on developing strategies and improving operations of Fortune 1000 companies.

Zients has previously served as a board member of institutions including Children’s National Medical Center, Sirius XM Radio, Revolution Health Group, and Timbuk2 Designs.

Zients is a co-founder of The Urban Alliance Foundation, a non-profit organization that partners with corporations to provide economically disadvantaged youth with year-round paid internships, adult mentors and job training. He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University.

Jeffrey Zients's Posts

  • The 2012 SAVE Award Winner

    The results of this year’s SAVE Award voting are in! This year’s winner is Department of Education program officer Frederick Winter of Arlington, Virginia. Frederick’s idea received more than 19,000 votes, out of more than 46,000 ballots cast.

  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Spending Less, Spending Smarter

    The Campaign to Cut Waste has already achieved $4 billion dollars in savings in 2012, well on track to meet and exceed President Obama's goal of $8 billion by the end of FY 2013.

  • Economy

    The Ryan-Republican Budget: The Consequences of Imbalance

    On Tuesday, House Republicans released their budget resolution for FY 2013. While many of the proposals require more analysis, one thing is absolutely clear: this budget does not ask all Americans to do their share to get our fiscal house in order and create an economy that is built to last.

  • Economy

    The 2013 Budget

    Jeff Zients provides an overview of the President's FY 2013 Budget.

  • The 2013 Budget

    Jeff Zients provides an overview of the President's FY 2013 Budget.

  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Shutting Down Duplicative Data Centers

    As part of the President’s Campaign to Cut Waste, we will shut down 178 data centers in 2012, bringing us to a total of 373 data centers that will be closed by the end of next year.

  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Accountability in Federal Contracting

    With more than one out of every six dollars of Federal government spending going to contractors, increasing accountability and saving money in contracting is critical to creating a Federal government that is efficient and effective.

  • Ethics

    Making Government Work in the Global Economy

    Jeffrey Zients discusses OMB's progress in reforming our government in a way that best serves the goal of a more competitive and innovative America.

  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Saving Money by Selling Excess Property

    Today, we’re sending legislation to the Hill that will cut through red tape and politics to rid the government of the burden of excess property and save taxpayers at least $15 billion. We look forward to working with members of Congress to pass this legislation, the Civilian Property Realignment Act.

  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Reviewing Reorg

    The world has changed a lot since the 1950s, the last time a major reorganization of the federal government occurred. Our lives today are totally different from those of our grandparents and the era of black and white TV has given way to the information age – but while the times have changed, in many ways, our government hasn’t.

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