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

  • 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.


  • Two More Steps Toward Better Government

    More on the Presidential Memorandum directing us to conduct a review of the federal agencies and programs involved in Trade, Exports and Competitiveness and the President's Management Advisory Board.


  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Cutting Costs by Getting Rid of Government Buildings We Don't Need

    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.


  • Technology

    Driving IT Reform: An Update

    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.


  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Improper Payment Progress

    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.


  • Fiscal Responsibility

    And the Top SAVER is...

    Over 57,000 of you have spoken, and the winner of the 2010 SAVE Award is Trudy Givens of Portage, Wisconsin.


  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Every Vote Counts to SAVE

    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.


  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Vote Now: The President's 2010 SAVE Award Finalists

    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.


  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Ceasing Checks to the Deceased

    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.


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