WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama named two additional members of his executive team Saturday.
The man known for his tech-savvy presidential campaign and for his attachment to his PDA announced in his weekly addressed that Jeffrey Zients will serve as the new administration's Chief Performance Officer and Aneesh Chopra will serve as Obama's Chief Technology Officer. Obama also said that Zients will pull double duty and also fill the position of Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget.
Zients "will work to streamline processes, cut costs, and find best practices throughout our government," the President said in his weekly address. Chopra "will promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities – from creating jobs and reducing health care costs to keeping our nation secure."
Both men will work closely with Vivek Kundra, Obama's Chief Information Officer. Kundra "is responsible for setting technology policy across the government, and using technology to improve security, ensure transparency, and lower costs," the president also said Saturday.
"The goal is to give all Americans a voice in their government and ensure that they know exactly how we're spending their money – and can hold us accountable for the results."
Zients brings 20 years of business experience to his new position; he is the founder and managing partner of investing firm Portfolio Logic. He is Obama's second pick for the performance post. Nancy Killefer, Obama's original pick, withdrew citing unspecified problems with District of Columbia unemployment tax.
Chopra currently serves as Virginia's Secretary of Technology under Gov. Tim Kaine, a longtime Obama political ally.
Kundra came to the Obama administration after working for the District of Columbia's government under D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, another longtime ally of the new president.
In making the two personnel announcements Saturday, the president said that he had "a team of management, technology, and budget experts . . . who will help us revamp government operations from top to bottom and ensure that the federal government is truly working for the American people."