Obama names new watchdog for federal programs
Washington (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama named Nancy Killefer as his administration's chief performance officer, creating a new White House position as part of an effort to eliminate government waste and improve efficiency.
"We can no longer afford to sustain the old ways when we know there are new and more efficient ways to getting the job done," Obama said at a news conference at his transition headquarters.
The president-elect promised to scour the federal budget to eliminate what doesn't work and improve what does to "put government on the side of taxpayers and everyday Americans."
Killefer, a director of a management consulting firm who previously served as an assistant secretary of the treasury under President Bill Clinton, will work with federal agencies to set performance standards and hold agency managers accountable for progress.
Obama pledged during the campaign to form a White House SWAT team of sorts - led by a chief performance officer who would report directly to him - to work with agency leaders and the White House budget office to improve federal programs and services.
Yet, even as he announced the post that's also aimed at spending taxpayer money more efficiently, Obama was spending his first week in Washington promoting his mammoth economic stimulus plan that could total as much as $775 billion over two years - much of the new spending aimed at creating jobs and stoking the troubled economy.
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