Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Future of Government Data Centers
- The Future of IT: How CIOs Can Enable the Service-Oriented Enterprise
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Mitigating Insider Threats in Virtual & Cloud Environments
- Modern Mission Critical Series
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
- Air Traffic Management Transformation Report
- Cloud First Report
- General Dynamics IT Enterprise Center
- Gov Cloud Minute
- Government in Technology Series
- Homeland Security Cybersecurity Market Report
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Technology Insights
- The Cyber Security Report
- The Next Generation Cyber Security Experts
Shows & Panels
Obama economic adviser leaving, successor picked
Saturday - 9/14/2013, 1:58pm EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will replace Gene Sperling, his chief economic adviser and West Wing workaholic, with Jeffrey Zients, a top aide who has filled in as acting budget director and who led a White House effort to streamline government.
Zients would replace Sperling as director of Obama's National Economic Council, a post Sperling held for nearly three years, serving as Obama's economic whisperer during difficult fiscal wrangles with Congress. Sperling plans to leave Jan. 1.
Obama announced the change Friday, describing Sperling as "one of my closest advisers and a close friend." He praised Zients as an admired and respected aide in the White House with "a sterling reputation as a business leader."
Zients is a long-time management consultant who joined the White House in 2009 as chief performance officer, heading an effort to streamline government and cut costs. Obama later chose him twice as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget and he has been considered for other top posts.
Sperling served in the same top economic post under President Bill Clinton. He's said to be leaving for personal reasons. His wife, a writer and producer, works in Los Angeles, and Sperling has been commuting between Washington and California. Before becoming director of the National Economic Council, Sperling worked at the Treasury Department advising then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner during the first two years of the Obama administration.
"Gene's relentless work ethic, sharp intellect and ability to work across the aisle have been instrumental in our efforts to build a better bargain for the middle class and reduce the deficit while also protecting the most vulnerable," Obama said in a statement. "I want to thank Gene and his family for their service and I look forward to having his counsel for the rest of the year."
Sperling was known for his long hours and for an ability to blend policy and politics with a negotiator's skill.
Upon hearing the news, Kenneth Baer, a former White House budget office official, posted on Twitter: "When Gene leaves the WH, will his workhorse of a coffee maker go to the Smithsonian?"
Zients joined the White House after 20 years of business experience as a chief executive, management consultant and entrepreneur. He was a founder and managing partner of the investment firm Portfolio Logic.
"I am certain that in Jeff's hands, we will continue to have strong leadership of our economic policy team, and his advice will be critical as we keep moving this country forward and building an economy where everyone who works hard can get ahead," Obama said.
The National Economic Council post does not require Senate confirmation. Obama's first director of the council was Larry Summers, a Harvard economist and now a leading contender to replace Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
In staying until Jan. 1, Sperling is assured of being one of Obama's chief economic advisers, along with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, during upcoming budget negotiations with Congress, including efforts to avoid a government shutdown Oct. 1 and to raise the nation's debt limit.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.