Jeffrey Zients

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Jeffrey Zients is a former CEO of the Advisory Board Co. and former chairman of the Arlington-based Corporate Executive Board Co., and is a management consultant recently appointed as "Government Performance Czar," as Chief Performance Officer in the Obama Administration.[1][2] He was appointed in April 2009, and confirmed by the Senate (as deputy director for management for the OMB) on June 19, 2009.[3] Zients reports to the Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag.

Jeffrey Zients is in charge of cutting costs and finding best practices throughout government, a role described to "promote technological innovation in government," though his precise responsibilities are somewhat unclear. Prior to his appointment in the Obama administration, he had never worked in a government position.[3]

Previous experience

Jeffrey Zients was a chief executive and former management consultant; he founded Portfolio Logic in 2004.[3]

From 2004 to 2006, he was a partner of the Washington Baseball Club.


  1. Obama names Chopra, Zients to top posts, Washington Business Journal, April 20, 2009.
  2. Rise of the Czars,, June 9th, 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 List of Obama's Czars,, August 21, 2009.