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Monday, January 31, 2011

White House names Zients to lead reorg effort

The White House tapped two veteran staffers to lead the government reorganization project.

Office of Management and Budget deputy director for management and chief performance officer Jeffrey Zients and Lisa Brown, currently assistant to the President and staff secretary, will take on what could be the biggest restructuring effort in half a century.

Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, wrote in a administration's blog Sunday that Zients and Brown, previously served as co-chairwoman of the Agency Review Working Group for the Obama-Biden Transition Project, will initially focus on "trade and exports to see how we can better reform these functions to give American companies a leg up in the global economy."

President Obama called for a reorganization of the government is last week's State of the Union. It would be the first major reorganization of government in more than 50 years.

The administration is looking to Zients and Brown to usher the reorganization through Congress and the federal employee unions. Lawmakers took away the ability of the President to reorganize government without congressional approval in the 1980s.

-Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com

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