Jeffrey Zients served as the Acting Director for the Office of Management and Budget and the nation’s first Federal Chief Performance Officer. He has twenty years of business experience as a CEO, management consultant and entrepreneur with a deep understanding of business strategy, process reengineering and financial management. His expertise extends across a broad range of industries and geographies.
He most recently served as Managing Partner of Portfolio Logic, an investment firm focusing primarily on business and healthcare services companies. Prior to founding Portfolio Logic, Zients served as CEO and Chairman of The Advisory Board Company and Chairman of the Corporate Executive Board. These two firms are 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 at Bain & Company and Mercer Management Consulting, where he focused on developing strategies and improving operations of Fortune 1000 companies. He also co-founded 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.
Zients graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a degree in Political Science. He and his wife Mary live in Washington, D.C., and have four children.
Jeffrey Zients's Posts
- March 2, 2011 at 2:09 PM EDT
The Office of Management and Budget proposes a new Civilian Property Realignment Board to cut through red tape and sell property the Federal Government no longer needs.
- November 19, 2010 at 12:49 PM EDT
Tackling the information technology gap between the public and private sectors is one of most effective ways we can make government work more effectively and efficiently for the American people. IT has been at the center of the private sector’s productivity gains, but for too long Federal IT projects have run over budget, behind schedule, or failed to deliver what on their promise. That’s why fixing IT is a cornerstone of the President’s Accountable Government initiative.
- November 16, 2010 at 10:22 AM EDT
Readers of OMBlog are now quite familiar with the Administration’s determined effort to cut the billions of dollars wasted each year in improper payments -- payments made by the government to the wrong person, at the wrong time, or in the wrong amount. These include payments made in error by a government agency sending a benefit check, inadequate documentation by a local provider, or outright fraud by a contractor or other recipient.
- November 15, 2010 at 3:24 PM EDT
Over 57,000 of you have spoken, and the winner of the 2010 SAVE Award is Trudy Givens of Portage, Wisconsin.
- November 10, 2010 at 5:14 PM EDT
More than 45,000 people have made their voices heard in selecting this year’s winner of the President’s SAVE Award – and there is still time for you to vote too. Just go to www.SAVEAward.gov, take a few seconds, and help select the best idea from our Final Four on how government can cut waste and improve performance.
- November 8, 2010 at 10:49 AM EDT
One of the most important changes that the President has brought to Washington is the belief that the best ideas usually come from outside of Washington. That’s why he launched the first ever SAVE Award last year to get ideas from federal employees on the frontlines to make government work smarter for the American people and to make sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. And it’s why we are now asking the American people to help us select this year’s winner.
- October 29, 2010 at 9:43 AM EDT
Whether the budget is in surplus or in deficit, we cannot tolerate the wasting of taxpayer dollars – and there are few more egregious examples of waste than improper payments. These are payments made by the government to the wrong person, at the wrong time, or in the wrong amount, and last year, they totaled approximately $110 billion.
- October 27, 2010 at 4:04 PM EDT
The Federal Government is taking steps to achieve President Obama's goal of eliminating $8 billion in excess and surplus property costs by the end of Fiscal Year 2012.
- October 25, 2010 at 4:24 PM EDT
As part of the President’s Accountable Government Initiative, OMB along with our colleagues throughout the federal government has been launching a series of initiatives to close the "technology gap" between the private and public sectors to cut waste and boost performance. As part of that effort, my team was directed to develop a comprehensive strategy to reform how IT projects are built and procured.
- October 8, 2010 at 11:49 AM EDT
From the beginning, the President and Vice President have demanded an unprecedented level of accountability and transparency from recipients of Recovery Act funds. Tens of thousands of recipients are required to report in every quarter on how exactly they are putting their Recovery Act contract, grant or loan to work -- and those reports are posted in full public view on Recovery.gov.