January 6th, 2009
07:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama to announce new reform post

 President-elect Obama will name his Chief Performance Officer Wednesday, CNN has learned.

President-elect Obama will name his Chief Performance Officer Wednesday, CNN has learned.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce his selection for the role of "chief performance officer," a newly created position that will work to scrub the federal budget and reform
government, a Democratic official told CNN.

The person will "help put us on a path to fiscal discipline," the official said.

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    Here comes the watering down of th emilitary might so he can give money to social programs aimed at illegals hiding in the USA.

    January 6, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. S Callahan

    Does this mean if we don't agree we are punished? (just kidding)..it's a FEMA thing...lol

    This position would bold well to the new appointments of Pres. Bush if they fail to follow the Obama/Biden agenda.

    January 6, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Simmy

    What a mind! It is great to have a president who realizes that he can't please all of the people all of the time. He is concerned about the needs of the American people, and wants to do what is right. He is not arrogant. He cares what people think. I agree, he is a godsend.

    January 6, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. amt

    I love this idea, Obama a wise choice

    January 6, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Jen

    Now this is the type of position Obama should have appointed Panetta for...instead, for this position he will probably pick someone who has been trained in counterterrorism...because his appointments are making about as much sense as someone picking names out of a hat at random.

    January 6, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. James

    Necessary? Hire a person with excellent managing ability to head the Office of Management and Budget and you can balance the budget the way Clinton did in 90's.

    Just another example of Obama playing image/identity politics with hyping a title position.

    January 6, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    PE, it is YOUR Administration! You name whomever you want to name... just like Bush did....

    and the republican congress with the help of the democrats in congress...pushed them right on through! No argument.... Now they want to criticize your choices.... pffft!

    Don't think we the People will forget who questioned the Bush administration and their rape of the nation... and who just sat there and said figuratively.... stick it to them, we're with YOU! Turn coats....you chose the side you wanted to be on.... so just head into the caves with them.... your run in office means nothing.... next election we shall see who is back... and then WHO is BACK!

    January 6, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    RALPH.... Fox News is just like Rush Limbaugh... a whole lot of HOT AIR and little more... it only appeals to the low brow red neck religious fanatics who still cannot see that their emperor is wearing NO CLOTHES! 😦

    January 6, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. 14 Days To Go

    Such a bunch of cynical naysayers!! PE Obama is doing exactly what he promised and the majority of voters which him well for the good of the country. The people constantly blogging negative comments on every blog should get up and do something more positive with their lives and their country.

    January 6, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. sick of the blogs

    From this point forward I am not going to read any blogs. I had taken a break from them and felt so much better in my soul. They arouse feelings of divisiveness and hatred in people, on every topic. Even the positive bloggers indulge, hating the "haters". A better use of time would be to read a book, see a friend, work on something, enjoy a hobby. I refuse to waste emotional energy here anymore. I am not learning anything except how deep the ignorance goes. Bye!

    January 6, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I guess he can start with Obama's new trillion dollar deficits. He will have job security thats for sure .It was only yesterday that Obama said that those size deficits will last "for years to come"

    January 6, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Grant in Canada


    You and I live in Canada. You shouldn't be using the plural "we" with our American friends. Our governments are quite different, and the Canadian one is much larger, on a per capita basis, than the U.S government will ever be.

    No disrespect.

    January 6, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. Br

    Will Obama stop Mayor Bloomberg along with the MTA from increasing fares on buses and subways ?

    January 6, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. Larry in Houston

    Proud American & Texas Teacher .......You guys are all right !!
    Love reading your posts......Now, if we can get that Idiot TCM
    off of these posts, or maybe someone can take a ball bat to his
    head, or something, you think ?

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    January 6, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. clifford

    Did anyone see Obamas cabinet elect meeting today? Did he look stoned or what!!

    January 6, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. clifford

    Here is two things that I do know about "Proud American",She listens to Rush Limbaugh and watches Fox news faithfully !

    January 6, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. NUTTER!!!

    @Grifff January 6th, 2009 8:41 pm ET
    Obama's Cartoon…. Duh! Who is the new Giant???
    Jack and the Bean Stalk…Rush is calling YOU

    January 6, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  18. rich

    It's a darn shame a reform post had to be created in the first place, but Obama has no choice. Washington is dirty. This action just shows you how far off our country has been driven off the tracks in recent memory. Washington needs a serious clean up....better it needs an intense scrubbing with all the bleach one can find to get rid of all the corruption, lobyist, and crooks who have been raping the nation and the American people for eons and getting away with. So Mr./Ms. Reformer get to work. Your work is long overdue.

    January 6, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. libs be dopes

    I wonder what the new name for "earmarks" will be?

    January 6, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. No Incumbents 2010

    Accountability? I thought that was what checks and balances were meant to do. There is no accountability in D.C.
    The President can't clean up Washington, but WE CAN. We won't, we'll keep electing these idiots and criminals, but WE CAN! The key to reforming government is not by making it bigger.
    BTW- While the nation is suffering a recession and firefighters and police are taking cuts in small towns like Galveston TX.to keep their jobs, our Congress just voted to give themselves a raise.

    January 6, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. yellow dog democrat

    Despite all the attacking that goes on in these endless "blogville" realms....I believe that Obama will prove to be a very interesting leader of the Free World....Love him or not - you are going to get a real change in the Political realm.....many will go down kicking and screaming....I hope that all the voters are watching their representatives with a keen and watchful eye.

    January 6, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. Intelligent American

    And an Obama-worship comment from "Proud American." Anyone surprised? No.

    January 6, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. john

    I like this idea. Obama is a genius.

    He is a progressive so he must be more fiscally responsible than the conservatives.

    Why didnt dubya do this?

    January 6, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. legal in nc

    Where was the "Magic Messiah" when he had a chance to speak up on earmarks while in Congress,,,,,,,,, uh uh uh oh that's right he voted present.

    Enough of this so called change,,,Bill Clinton didn't do it and neither will Hussein Obama. How do I know this, he's using all of Clinton's cronies in his cabinet.

    Just like all of the Obama-aid drinkers their chosen one doesn't have a clue!

    January 6, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. Sherrol in Canada


    My fellow Canadian, no disrespect taken. That 'we' isn't being used in an ownership or belonging context.

    January 6, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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