January 7th, 2009
10:50 AM ET
6 years ago

OBAMA TRANSITION: Obama nominates Killefer

Barack Obama nominated his chief performance officer Wednesday.
Barack Obama nominated his chief performance officer Wednesday.

(CNN) - Barack Obama nominated Nancy Killefer as his chief performance officer, a newly-created position focused on bringing back fiscal order.

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  1. watcher

    Obama appears to be using panic over the current economy as justification to the creation of ineffectual bureaucracy, just as Bush used 9/11 to justify ineffectual military expansion.
    Same song, new verse in the neverending chorus of politics as usual at the taxpayer's expense.

    January 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Kurt C.

    Obama's creating positions to deal out to cronies and friends. The Democrat Culture of Corruption is in full stride.

    CNN you need to start printing all opinions and not just the watered down version criticizing Obama. You also seem to post every criticism of the conservative side. Your bias is sad.

    January 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Lyndon from CA

    One can only hope that she lives up to her name and has the spine to "KILL" all the pork running around.

    January 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Larry

    Most of your comments are just "shallow". Thank God BO can think outside the box !

    January 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Puff

    ANOTHER STUPID CALL BY NOBAMA. ANOTHER CLINTONITE. YES, CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN. HOW DO ALL YOU SHEEPLE FEEL NOW? YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED BIG TIME AND THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

    January 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. John G

    Wait a minute. Help me out here. Did he just make the government BIGGER in an effort to make it more efficient?

    Something doesn't mesh with me on that.

    January 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Doug

    There will be more layoff boxes coming, is that what you mean.

    January 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. bsmith171

    what is the manager of OMB going to do?
    this is just another bureaucratic make work job.

    January 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. mdw

    Bet TCM felt the same way when W created the Department of Homeland security

    January 7, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. mary, colorado springs, co

    The big mouths who are criticising Obama's choices are talking just to exercise their tongues. They are not in his position, have no inkling about the backgrounds of his choices, or his reasoning for his choices. Until all of you know the full facts, keep a smile on your face and keep your big mouth shut!

    January 7, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Disillusioned

    Will she balance my checkbook after I'm done paying for Obama's stimulus plan?

    January 7, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Mr Magoo

    LOL republican fools! I love that you idiots have been sent to the peanut gallery. Keep talking, your idiot comments are my morning amusement.

    January 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Toni

    I worked as a Federal auditor during the Bush administration and found there was little or no accountability within the Federal agencies for which I worked. I'm thrilled that PE Obama has appointed someone who will be specifically tasked to make the Government more efficient, effective, and accountable. Tell Ms. Killefer that I'm ready and willing if she needs any help.

    January 7, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Illinidiva

    Here's a great way to start with fiscal restraint... Not dumping a trillion dollars into unnecessary projects like creating snow in MN and encouraging people to whitewater raft in ME. Apparently, now Mayor Daley says that the money should go directly to the cities... I don't know about you, but I sure don't trust Blago and Mayor Daley, his good friend in the Chicago machine, with fiscal restraint and proper oversight.

    January 7, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Scott

    If nothing else, Obama can lay claim that he at least created one new job while in office.

    January 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. G

    No the budget director can't do this because if he or she could then they would already have done it idiot. I think this is good no matter who you are unless you are a bitter person who has nothing nice to say ever about Obama. I don't see how you can find a problem with having someone hold the federal government responsible for its spending.

    January 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Art

    I still can't get over the porn industry wanting a bailout...

    January 7, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. artvpp

    Nancy Killefer has an impressive resume and has the right credentials to lead this new position.

    I believe that President-elect Obama has created an excellent position in order to setup some standards and accounatbility in the government.

    It is about time that the government free spending stops and it starts being accountable to the people.

    January 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Jackie in Dallas

    A job long overdue for creation, in my opinion! I like the fact that the sole responsibility of this position is go line item by line item through the budget for padding, pork, and poor management. She ought to pay for her own salary and her entire staff's with just one finding!

    January 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. MaryanneAZ

    I love all the detractors. If Obama does something, then he's overstepping his role or doing the wrong thing. If Obama does nothing, then they are screaming why isn't Obama out here handling this situation. You cannot have it both ways. Obama has looked at the federal agencies and found that there was a need for oversight of all of the agencies. This position will review the agencies and then make changes to make them more responsive to the electorate and streamlined in their budgets. Everyone wins if this new position works as Obama envisions it. We get the government we need when we contact an agency, and the government is well run and streamlined to stay in budget. Any agency that is not running at peak efficiency will be overhauled. This works for me.

    January 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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