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Chief Performance OfficerGrade
AP-5 The Promise: "Obama ...will create a focused team within the White House that will work with agency leaders and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to improve results and outcomes for federal government programs while eliminating waste and inefficiency. This unit...will be ... headed by a new Chief Performance Officer (CPO) who will report directly to the president."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "The Change We Need in Washington" dated 09/22/08.
Status:Source is cited for confirmation of exact promise wording only, as it existed before original "When/Where" campaign document was deleted from archival websites.

On 01/07/09, Obama named Nancy Killefer, a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, to this post. Killefer had to withdraw her nomination for failure to pay household help employment taxes.

Jeffrey Zients, a board member of several corporations, was nominated to replace Ms. Killefer as the first CPO/Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on 04/18/09. On 01/27/12, Mr. Zients was named the Acting Director of the OMB while maintaining his CPO functions until his departure from the OMB to become President Obama's National Economic Council Director on 03/05/14, a position in which he served for the remainder of President Obama's second term in office.

Ms. Beth Cobert, formerly a Director and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, replaced Mr. Zients until she became Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on 07/10/15.

Mr. Andrew Mayock, a former senior associate for development and international diplomacy at Booz Allen Hamilton and an international trade consultant at Harvard University's Center for Business and Government, was nominated by President Obama to replace Ms. Cobert on 12/14/15. Mr. Mayock was confirmed by the Senate nearly a year later on 12/10/16, but was not sworn in to serve during President Obama's last month in office.

This promise was fulfilled.