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
- October 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM EDT
Today, the Technology CEO Council released a report outlining a plan to “maximize productivity…and enhance government services” through the use of technology. This distinguished group of corporate leaders -- from companies such as IBM, Dell, and Motorola -- believe that by utilizing some of the best practices of the private sector, the government can realize significant savings and improve the service delivered to you, the taxpayers.
- September 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM EDT
As part of the Accountable Government Initiative, we recently launched a set of IT reform efforts and today we're seeing early fruits of those efforts.
- September 14, 2010 at 11:10 AM EDT
The country faces extraordinary challenges -- from growing our economy to transforming our energy supply, improving our children’s education, safeguarding our Nation, and restoring its fiscal health. There is a distinct role for government in addressing these challenges, but it will only be possible with a government that runs effectively and efficiently. That’s the central goal of our Accountable Government Initiative -- to cut waste and make government work better and faster.
- September 10, 2010 at 12:58 PM EDT
Accountable, effective government took another significant step forward recently. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cut the ribbon on its FDA-TRACK management system, advancing the President’s Accountable Government Initiative and Open Government Initiative.
- August 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM EDT
Today, as part of the Obama Administration’s Accountable Government Initiative, we released a list of 26 high-priority IT projects across the Federal government that have the potential for faster, smarter implementation.
- August 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM EDT
The President has long believed that some of the best ideas come from outside Washington – especially when it comes to reforming Washington.
- August 2, 2010 at 10:53 AM EDT
Good morning, OMBlog readers. Beginning today, I am serving as Acting Director until Jack Lew is confirmed as OMB Director – and I’ll be guest blogging here.