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Obama to take management tips from CEOs

By Ed O'Keefe

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.

Have any suggestions on who he should nominate? Leave them in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 19, 2010; 4:16 PM ET
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Comments

What the postal service needs is new leadership, which means the replacement of the Board of Governors, the replacement of the Postmaster General and a re-organization, reduction, of the HQ staff. The new board must have a commitment to increasing service not cutting out the heart of the service, what the PMG and his staff is now doing. The next step is review and reduction in the area offices, more reduction in VP positions. We will need to raise rates, these rate increase need to be tailored to raise income from the bulk mailers, the ones that mail 90% of what goes through our plants and delivery units. We needed to entice UPS and FedEx to let us become there last mile of delivery and this should include Saturday and Sunday with no surcharges, same standard rate, we have the facilities, vehicles and employees lets put them to good use.

Posted by: lostmechanic | April 19, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Mort Zuckerman - is one of the smartest business leaders in the country plus he has an acute political acumen.

Posted by: gordonhamel@cox.net | April 19, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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