The Obama Administration's huge ramp-up in spending has given rise to a national debate over the size and role of government. It has provoked fears the country will be buried in debt and fueled skepticism about government's ability to spend tax dollars wisely. So the pressure is on: If this is to be an era of bigger government, can Obama's people make it work better?
Jeffrey D. Zients, a little-known ex-consultant, bears a big chunk of the responsibility. He became the nation's first chief performance officer on June 29. His task: making sure the government's 24 major agencies and departments are running smoothly and getting as much bang for their budgets as possible. Working closely with Zients are Vivek Kundra, the chief information officer, and Aneesh P. Chopra, chief technology officer. "At 30,000 feet, the goal is to make government more effective and efficient by making it faste
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