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Zients, Jeffrey (Government Performance Czar)

Title: Chief Performance Officer
Reports to: Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag
Confirmed by the Senate (as deputy director for management for the OMB): June 19, 2009
Agency that handles similar issues: Office of Management and Budget
Duties: cutting costs throughout government

  • Graduated from Duke University
  • Worked for Mercer Management Consulting and Bain & Company
  • Became chief operating officer of DGB Enterprises
  • Served as CEO of the Advisory Board Company, a firm that provides business performance benchmarks, from 1998 to 2004; his affiliation with this company made Zients one of America’s wealthiest people (with a reported net worth of $149 million as of 2002).
  • Was a partner in the Washington Baseball Club (2004 to 2006)
  • Founded (in 2004) Portfolio Logic LLC, an investment firm focused on pediatric healthcare and business services companies; he remains a managing partner in the company to this day.
  • Was a board of directors member with XM Satellite Radio until 2008
  • Was a board member at Sirius XM Radio until his Senate confirmation in 2009
  • Is currently a board member of Revolution Health Group (which invests in healthcare), Best Practices (which outsources emergency medical services), and Timbuk2 Designs (a retailer of backpacks, apparel and messenger bags)
  • Between 1999 and 2008, Zients donated more than $90,000 to political candidates, almost all of it to Democrats; he gave $4,500 to then-Senator Barack Obama from 2004 to 2006.

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