CNN.com: Obama names pick for chief performance officer

From CNN.com: Obama names pick for chief performance officer

President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday announced Nancy Killefer as his pick to be chief performance officer, a new position that Obama called “one of the most important” appointments he will make.

The CPO will be charged with restoring fiscal order and reforming government.

Killefer is a senior director for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. She was an assistant secretary of the treasury in the Clinton administration.

She will help lead the effort to go through the budget line-by-line, eliminate what’s not needed and improve the things that work, Obama said.

This is something new and interesting.  We all know that there’s a lot of waste in government, but will the CPO and her department be effective in overcoming the politics that created a lot of this waste?  After all, the money that is “wasted” is actually spent with someone who will try to fight to keep it coming.

But, at least it’s a start.

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