The Washington Post reported Sunday that President Joe Biden will likely pick his former Covid czar, Jeff Zientes, as the next White House chief of staff.
In one of the most significant White House personnel changes in the past two years, Ron Klein — who has been a close associate of Biden for three decades and is already the longest-serving chief of staff for a Democratic president — Resignation is expected later. Biden’s State of the Union address on February 7.
Ziants, 56, has been a top executive in the private sector for most of his life. His first foray into government was during the Barack Obama administration, where he served as U.S. Chief Performance Officer and Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), tasked with reducing government spending and It was tasked to make it more efficient. He also served as acting director of OMB. He was also a director of the National Economic Council and chairman of the President’s Management Advisory Board.
Ziants returned to the private sector in 2017, serving on Facebook’s board of directors and chairing its audit and risk oversight committee.
Zinets then served on Biden’s transition team in 2020, before being named White House Covid-19 response coordinator, where he helped develop new protocols for managing the pandemic and ramping up America’s vaccination campaign. Played a key role. He left the post in April 2022. In a parting note, Biden said no one delivers better than the Zeants. “Jeff brought his decades of management experience to work on a plan to build and implement the infrastructure we needed to deliver vaccines, tests, treatments and masks to millions of Americans. I His advice will be missed and I am grateful for his service. Dr. Ashish Jha subsequently replaced Ziants as the White House’s new Covid-19 coordinator.
The Giants are known to have a close relationship with Klein, who chose him to oversee a staff turnover that typically occurs two years into a president’s term. But while Klein has been a seasoned political operative who played a key role in getting legislation signed by Biden through the US Congress over the past two years, Zientes’ strength lies in the operational and administrative domain.
A CNN profile of Zientes suggested that the next part of Biden’s presidency would focus on legislation enacted in his first two years, and viewed Zientes as a “master enforcer” internally. goes
From his perch as the Covid-19 Coordinator in 2021 and 2022, Zients worked closely with Indian stakeholders on providing support and collaborating on vaccines during India’s second Covid-19 wave. In his new role, he is expected to be another voice of support for closer US-India ties.