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Orszag Looks for ‘Best Ideas’ with New Board

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Peter Orszag is on the hunt for ideas – so he and Obama have created a new board set up to funnel the best practices straight to the Oval Office.

“During the past two decades, the private sector has leapfrogged ahead of the federal government when it comes to innovative operation and management, especially as it relates to the use of information technology,” Orszag blogged.  “It used to be that a federal worker had more computing power and prowess at their desk than at home; now, they often have more power in their Blackberry or iPhone than at their desk.”

According to the post, Management Advisory Board will be chaired by OMB’s Jeff Zients, the Federal Chief Performance Officer.

“With 20 years of experience in the private sector, including as Chairman and CEO of public and private companies, Jeff knows firsthand how powerful ideas and best practices can transform an organization’s performance,” said Orszag.  “Board members will be appointed by the President and will be chosen on the basis of their record of sound judgment in leading large, complex, or innovative private-sector organizations. ”

Members will possess top-level business experience in the areas of executive management, audit and finance, human resources and compensation, customer service, operations management, and information technology.

The first Management Advisory Board members will be selected and announced in the next few months.

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