President Obama On Cutting Costs And Waste In Government

Text and video from The White House: With the process of going through the budget line by line in full swing, the President uses his Weekly Address to give some examples, big and small, of how the Administration is working to cut costs and eliminate waste.


The President also announces two new key appointments, Jeffrey Zients as Chief Performance Officer and Aneesh Chopra as Chief Technology Officer, who will be invaluable in streamlining the way government functions through efficiency and innovation.


Jeffrey D. Zients - Chief Performance Officer Zients 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. He served as CEO and Chairman of the Advisory Board Company and Chairman of the Corporate Executive Board. These firms are leading providers of performance benchmarks and best practices across a wide range of industries. Currently, he is the Founder and Managing Partner of Portfolio Logic, an investment firm focused primarily on business and healthcare service companies.


Aneesh Paul Chopra - Chief Technology Officer Chopra serves as Virginia?s Secretary of Technology. He leads the Commonwealth?s strategy to effectively leverage technology in government reform, to promote Virginia?s innovation agenda, and to foster technology-related economic development. Previously, he worked as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, leading the firm?s Financial Leadership Council and the Working Council for Health Plan Executives.

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