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Stand by for news: Obama’s performance czar pulls her nomination

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Breaking news this morning, which will likely have an impact on other posts throughout management posts within government — Nancy Killifer, the executive at McKinsey & Co. and a former official in the Clinton administration’s Treasury Department, has withdrawn her nomination to be the deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget and the Obama administration’s chief performance officer. has the report:

Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, has withdrawn her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, the White House said Tuesday…

The White House said Obama had accepted Killefer’s decision and that the 55-year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., would explain her reasons for pulling out later Tuesday.

More here… and we’ll continue to stay on top of the story on Federal News Radio 1500 AM.

The impact: This delays many other appointments throughout OMB, including the OMB administrator of e-government and information technology, the Obama chief technology officer, and the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. (So, our earlier report about DC CTO Vivek Kundra… without any information, my guess is they won’t announce those appointments without a OMB deputy director of management in place.)

Thoughts on who would be the next in line for the OMB deputy director of management job?

After the break, read Killifer’s letter to President Obama.

Nancy Killefer’s letter to President Obama:

Dear Mr. President,

I recognize that your agenda and the duties facing your Chief Performance Officer are urgent. I have also come to realize in the current environment that my personal tax issue of D.C. Unemployment tax could be used to create exactly the kind of distraction and delay those duties must avoid. Because of this I must reluctantly ask you to withdraw my name from consideration.

I am deeply honored to have been selected by you and you have my deep appreciation for your confidence in me. You have my heartfelt support and best wishes for success in all your endeavors.

Respectfully yours,

Nancy Killefer

Written by cdorobek

February 3, 2009 at 10:49 AM

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