Obama to take management tips from CEOs
Seventeen of the nation's top business executives will soon start advising the Obama administration how to better manage the federal government.
President Obama signed an executive order on Monday establishing the President's Management Advisory Board, which will provide tips on productivity, customer service and the use of technology. The board will be chaired by Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients, a private-sector veteran who most recently ran the Corporate Executive Board, the Advisory Board Company and served as a director of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and Revolution Health.
"During the past two decades, the private sector has leapfrogged ahead of the federal government when it comes to innovative operation and management, especially as it relates to the use of information technology," OMB Director Peter Orszag said in a blog post announcing the board. "It used to be that a federal worker had more computing power and prowess at their desk than at home; now, they often have more power in their Blackberry or iPhone than at their desk." (Interesting aside: Most tech-savvy OMB folks carry both a Blackberry for official use and an iPhone for personal use.)
The board's advice will complement the President’s Management Council, a panel of deputy secretaries from across the government that also deals with management issues.
The new board is an outgrowth of a January White House powwow with some of the nation's top business executives, including the leaders and founders of Angie's List, Craigslist, Facebook, J. Crew, Liz Claiborne and Whirlpool. Obama called on them at the meeting to share their tips on how to make the government more nimble and customer-friendly.
Obama will nominate the 17 CEOs to serve on the board in the coming months, Orszag said on his blog.
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| April 19, 2010; 4:16 PM ET
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