January 7th, 2009
10:50 AM ET
11 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. Strange Change Nobody Could Have Counted On

    What the...? Another Federal job? Can't the Budget Director do this???

    January 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Newport News, VA

    This position is necessary regardless of what the right wing knuckleheads think. People need to be held accountable for their actions. This position was definitley needed during the Bush Administration.

    January 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Mari

    Another brilliant idea!


    January 7, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Debby, NJ


    January 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Change - Yeah Left

    Lovely – ANOTHER official for the Obama Machine to add to the payroll. I wonder when the corruption on her will show. Or will it rub off from his cronies?

    January 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Sue

    Ms Killer, did you say??? What's her salary ??? Can we afford this???

    January 7, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. 1/20/13

    Wow that Obama is awesome look at the job creation before he even gets in office......When he appoints 2 million more useless government workers the economy will be booming

    January 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. RealityKing

    Obama: "trillion dollar deficit spending for years to come"

    January 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Chris

    Let's be more fiscally responsible by creating another federal government position that isn't necessary! How much will we taxpayers be paying Ms. Killefer?

    January 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. 1/20/13

    To Newport News, VA

    Who is he going to appoint to watch her????? Looks like a union to me

    January 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. NCLaw441

    I cannot believe that this role could not be filled by an existing position in the cabinet or elsewhere in the administration. What next, Chief Pastry Taster?

    January 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Not Another Desperately Pathetic Liberal

    Hope Won, huh Mari? Let's just create another layer of incompetent beauracracy to fund with taxpayer dollars. This is just like a democrat, they never think their failed policies actually failed, they just whine and whine that the haven't been given enough time to work.

    Obama will be out in 4. 1-22-13 here we come!

    January 7, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. John Delaney

    Another level of bureaucracy? That's what we need alright, more top level layers of management and new rules to tie the hands and hopes of what was Free Americans until now. Is she someone's girlfriend?

    January 7, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. New job creation...for her at least

    Well, Obama is creating new jobs just like he promised...for his campaign contributors at least.

    January 7, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Doug

    O is reforning the government and her own job will add to the budget problem. The good news is that she cann blame herself in her first report. This is the new Accountability Chicago style.

    January 7, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Hope

    Obama just created the first Job, very relevant in my Opinion, we just need another 3 million.

    January 7, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Bob

    How on earth is this position needed ? If Obama says control the Budget, his staff should follow his request. Other than that, Congress is the problem behind the Budget.

    January 7, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Mike, Syracuse NY

    How can anyone call this a brilliant idea when they haven't even said what the specific job is? Maintaining fiscal discipline is already the job of the Director of OMB. If he can't do it, fire him and appoint someone who can. I think if Obama went around dressed like Barney the Dinosaur, many of you Obamanauts would say that was 'brilliant' too. Try to have some objectivity. The guy hasn't done squat yet and you are already calling him the best President ever. Mari, hope won? Get real, wait and see if Barry can even walk and chew gum at the same time.

    January 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. jrzshor

    obama should just hire bill and be done with this clinton-lite white house.

    January 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Peggy in Ohio

    I think the rest of his cabinet have their work cut out for them. Designating a specific person to focus on this, and this only shows that this is a priority. I respect that and look forward to the change that is currently in progress.

    January 7, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. The Board of Directors Speaketh

    The creation of this job speaks to the failure of all the other "so-called" leaders in government that lack the courage and intellectual ability to do their job.

    There are too many lawyers ... not layers .... in government and not enough engineers with business degrees.

    Rather than an Ivy-league JD, the REQUIRED graduate degree should be an Ivy-league MBA from the likes of Columbia, Harvard, Wharton, etc. ..... or the U of Chicago or Northwestern ..... or USC or Stanford.

    Gold platting another job as the country's CFO isn't the solution ... and I voted FOR OBAMA.

    Bloggers, use the internet to FORCE THE DISCUSSION.

    You see what we did around the topic of intelligence in the Presidential race ... you see what we did around the lunancy [and illegality] of refusing to seat Burris. The keyboard is mighty!

    January 7, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Trust

    After seeing Obama in action how can anyone second guess him until proven other wise. Republicans just whining like children just because they can.

    January 7, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Indigo

    I don't know why we need anything but CNN who apparently acording to CNN has all the answers and know all the right questions to ask. You know it is still beyond me how the deficit got to where it is or the problems are taking place in the middle east when we have those so very competent individuals who all of a sudden think they have to skew president-elect Obama what he is going to do, and they would be the first to complain about him overstepping the current president, who by they way they still don't seem to have any questions for. I think if we are to believe that these people are so thorough and so credible. We should be asking ourselves why they are just now trying so hard to prove it. They sure haven't done it over the past eight years. The young people have the right idea. use the internet more for information. Thank God for it, more of us need to do the same and let these news organizations go the way of the dinosaur, which think is rapidly happening. I believe they are trying to feed us a bunch of bull so that they do not end up in the unemployment line.

    January 7, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. shaiiwn hoover

    just guys out here trully funny, im reading and laughting at the same time...someone say sothing lioke...
    chief f pastry taster ahahahhaha nc law 441// ahahahah
    u funny anyway good try
    Shaiiwn from the netherland
    Anna paulowna

    January 7, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. watchdog

    The first job she should do that is to control the cost for the day that celebration of Obama take the office because 10 thousands dollars is still not enough for Obama squander.

    January 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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