2014 DC TechTable: Jeff Zients

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[staff name=”Jeff Zients” position=”Director | National Economic Council” img=”https://www.t4a.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/110407_zients_ap_605.jpg”]Jeff Zients is Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Prior to his appointment, Zients twice served as the acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from January 2012 to April 2013, and from June to October 2010. In 2009, he was confirmed by the Senate as Deputy Director for OMB, and was appointed by President Obama to the newly created position of United States Chief Performance Officer. Zients also managed the 2013 Tech Surge of Healthcare.gov.

Prior to joining the Administration, Zients spent 20 years in the private sector as a CEO, management consultant and entrepreneur. His expertise in business strategy, process reengineering and financial management extends across a range of industries and geographies. Zients served as CEO and Chairman of The Advisory Board Company and Chairman of the Corporate Executive Board, both leading providers of performance benchmarking and best practices across a wide range of industries, assisting senior executives at over 5,000 businesses to improve the efficiency of their operations. Zients began his career in management consulting where he focused on developing strategies and improving operations of Fortune 1000 companies.

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[heading]Key Takeaways[/heading]

Jeff Zients highlighted three primary focus areas for the National Economic Council:

  1. promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation
  2. access to capital for small businesses and
  3. ConnectED and the importance of digital education


[v_icon color=”#1B75BB” style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-brain”]The private sector is eager to give back and make a difference. The technology community, in particular, can leverage ideas and talent to really give back to the government. One of T4A.org’s primary principles is the belief that technology can help government perform better. Our representatives encouraged Zients and other members of the NEC to use the tech community as a resource and let us know how we can help.

[v_icon color=”#FBAD1D” style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-library-2″]Other important issues discussed included solutions around promoting small business success, bringing more technology experts into government, and changing incentives around student loans to de-risk entrepreneurship. The overarching theme of this meeting was how the government and the private sector can work together to promote the economy.

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